Marquez fractures hand in mountain bike crash

The Spaniard has since undergone successful surgery

REIGNING MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez fractured his left hand while mountain biking and has since undergone successful surgery to rectify the injury. 

Marquez crashed his mountain bike on Tuesday while training near the outskirts of Cervera, which resulted in a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.

The Repsol Honda rider has since been operated on by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand and Upper Extremities department of the Universaitario Dexeus Hosptial. Dr. Mir has declared the operation a success. 

Speaking after the surgery, Dr. Mir stated: 'We have operated on Marc Marquez to treat a torsion fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. The surgery consisted of a reduction and internal fixation of the bone, through screws for compression and a neutralising titanium plate with six holes.

'After the insertion, the soft tissue has been closed up and we have placed a protective bandage around the finger, supporting it with the adjacent finger. Marc will remain in hospital for 24 hours, and in 48 hours will begin functional rehabilitation.'

If post-operation recovery goes as expected, Marquez should be fit to ride in the Japanese Grand Prix, which takes place in 10 days' time at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

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