Ruben Xaus is already beginning his recovery from a broken femur, sustained in an accident at Brno over the weekend, after undergoing surgery and leaving hospital in just two days.
Xaus suffered a break to the neck of his femur after falling on the opening lap of the first race in the Czech Republic, the injury coming when he caught up in gravel as he slid off the circuit.
Nonetheless, having flown back to Barcelona for surgery, Xaus' operation to have three screws put into his femur was successful and he was able to leave just twenty-four hours later.
Although he needs crutches to be able to walk, doctors have said he is able to start swimming and physiotherapy straight away, meaning a return to action for the next round in Germany in five weeks time could be possible.
“Everything has worked so efficiently. I arrived at the hospital yesterday morning and the doctors were already waiting for me. The operation went very well and I had three screws put into my femur and twenty-four hours later they told me I could leave! I want to thank Miquel Llobet and Miguel Sales for doing a great job and all the medical team for looking after me so well.
“I am going to stay in an apartment in Playa de Aro, near the beach, but also because it is very close to where I will be doing my physiotherapy and rehabilitation. At the moment I am on crutches, because I am not allowed to put any weight on my right leg, but I can sit down normally and get about OK. I can start swimming almost straightway and physiotherapy very soon. I am in no pain and I am really looking forward to getting fit and back on my bike again.
“At Brno, our bike was working so well and it was easy to ride, so it was a big shame I crashed. I think the reason I hurt myself was because the gravel had not been raked over and the recent rain had made some of the ridges as hard as concrete. Hitting one of those was what did the damage, otherwise I would've just walked away from the crash without a problem.
“It's good that we have a bit of a break before the next race, but I'm already looking forward to being back at the track. I want to say thank you to the whole team for all their good wishes and tell them to have a good holiday and then get my bikes ready for my return.”