Isle of Man TT star John McGuinness has assured fans that he will be in action at the big international road races this season after breaking his wrist.

McGuinness sustained the injury following a dirt bike crash this week, breaking his right scaphoid, but the Morecambe star is adamant he will be fit to line up at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in May before he bids for a 21st victory at the Isle of Man TT.

The 41-year-old, who has six NW200 wins to his name, also hurt his ribs and was left with two black eyes following the spill but McGuinness is certain he will be fit and ready for the start of the international road racing season.

"I have already had a couple of operations on the wrist by one of the top surgeons in the country and he is really happy with the way it all worked out," he said.

"I have a light cast on the wrist now. I have to let it rest for a few weeks and then I will have a month to get ready for the North West in May."

The factory Honda star revealed that Ryan Farquhar and Michael Dunlop have been in contact with him to wish him a speedy recovery and reveals he was lucky to avoid more serious injuries in the incident.

"Ryan and Michael wished me well and said that they wanted to be racing against me at the North West and TT. We all know that any of us can get hurt riding bikes and racers always look out for each other. That is the way road racing is," said McGuinness.

"Things could have been a lot worse because it was a heavy crash in the middle of nowhere.

"I punched a big hole in my helmet and I've two black eyes to go with my sore wrist and ribs but time is a great healer and I am well on the road to recovery now," he added.

"I'll be at the North West 200 press launch on March 31 to meet all the fans and I'll definitely be back again on my bike for race week."



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