John Hopkins says he is likely to undergo the 29th surgery of his life in an effort to correct the hand fracture he sustained in an accident during World Superbike testing this week.

The American, who has been beset by a myriad of injury woes over his career, fractured his right hand after falling heavily at Phillip Island earlier this week [Monday] and has returned to the United States having now withdrawn from the 2012 season opener.

Injuring the hand that only last month was operated on to have part of his finger amputated, Hopkins revealed on his Twitter account @JHopper21 that he is likely to be going under the knife once more - for the 29th time in his career.

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Suggesting there will be a 4-5 week recovery time, though Hopkins concedes the set back is taking its toll on him, he is aiming for a return to the second WSBK round at Imola on April 1st.

"Unfortunately it's looking like I'll be having my 29th surgery after swelling subsides on a broken R/hand with a recovery time of 4-5weeks! It's surely not easy trying to stay positive after constantly getting beat to the ground & breaking bones but... it is possible!"

Hopkins, who finished runner-up to Tommy Hill in the 2011 British Superbike Championship, will be replaced by Josh Brookes at Crescent Fixi Suzuki for the 2012 WSBK curtain raiser in Australia.