WSB: Riders on the road to recovery

WSB's bashed-up paddock should be fit for Aragon

AFTER a slew of injuries to top riders including Marco Melandri, Leon Haslam, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini, it appears all riders will be fit in time for the next race at Aragon on April 14th. 

Currently the only question mark is over Melandri, who is suffering from a recurring shoulder injury which was aggravated by his major crash with Carlos Checa at Phillip Island. Although he is expect to be fit, it will be touch and go. He said: 'For three weeks, I still have severe pain, burning with every move in the joint. On day 23 after surgery, I tried the gym to train, but it hurts even more violently to the tendon on the humeral head.

'In 10 days, I should sit back and try on my BMW, so I should this week again be able to train. The load is the same. I am a bit worried.'

The Ducati duo of Checa and Badovini were both injured at Phillip Island, along with Melandri, but are expected to be fully recovered in time for the Spanish round. 

Meanwhile, Brit Leon Haslam has undergone surgery in the seven-week break between rounds on a niggling nerve problem in his leg - he also is expected to make the start line in eight days time. He said: 'I got one nerve removed and one repaired from when I broke my leg last year in Australia,

'One of the nerves was trapped in the hole that was there when the screw was removed and one of the other nerves was damaged with the removal of the screw.

'It's something that's been injuring me since Christmas, I had a lot of pain through it. The strength and everything have been there, it's just been quite frustrating because I wasn't able to train like I wanted to.'

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