Reigning World Supersport champion Chaz Davies is confident that he will be able to make his postponed World Superbike debut during round two at Imola.

The ParkinGO MTC Aprilia rider required surgery after breaking his left wrist in the final stages of Q2 during last month's Phillip Island season opener, in Australia.

"My radius bone was slightly displaced and broken so it had opened up a little bit," Davies told "The surgeons lined it up and put in three screws, one long and two short, through the radius, plus a small plate.

"To give it some substance they put some artificial bone graft in as well, to give it something a bit more solid to hold onto. Two wires were put in to hold the plate onto another part of the arm.

"I did not have work done on the broken ulna, that can heal naturally."

Davies was one of a number of riders injured at Phillip Island - although most were injured during testing - but the Welshman feels lucky to have such a lengthy recovery time available before round two.

As such, the former grand prix rider believes he has an excellent chance of being back on track for the start of the Imola weekend, and European WSBK season, on March 30.

"I think the progress has been really good so I cannot see why I would not be racing there," said Davies. "So far progress has been right on track. I am probably not going to be 100%, and I will be a bit sore, but I should be 80 or 90% fit.

"It has been lucky, so lucky, for such a big gap between races to have come along now. I think it is the longest break of the year, four weekends, and I do not think we were not due to have a test before Imola.

"To have such a long gap was real lucky for all of us - Eugene Laverty, David Salom, Leon Haslam, [John Hopkins] and me - and it could not have come at a better time."


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