Sete Gibernau, who broke his left collarbone in this morning's free practice session at Le Mans, has arrived in Barcelona and undergone initial assessment at the Dexeus Institute, overseen by Dr Xavier Mir.

It was initially feared that the former double MotoGP World Championship runner-up had suffered a double break of his frequently fractured left collarbone, but a detailed examination revealed only a single break.

"Sete Gibernau has undergone a series of x-rays which have confirmed a single, new displaced fracture to his left collarbone that is completely independent from his previous injuries in the same area, as well as a light blow to his back and another to his right heel, which are not of major significance," commented Dr Mir.

Gibernau will undergo surgery at the Dexeus Institute on Monday, with Dr Xavier Mir and Dr Nacho Ginebreda set to perform an operation which will involve fixing a titanium plate to the bone.

The Francisco Hernando Ducati rider only had the previous titanium plate on his left collarbone, the result of his 2006 fractures, removed in December.

A decision on when Gibernau can return to MotoGP action will be made once the operation is complete.

Gibernau spent two years in retirement following his 2006 injuries and had taken a best finish of eleventh from the three rounds so far held.

The 36-year-old was nearing full fitness after suffering ligament damage, to the same shoulder, just before the start of the season.



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