Oct 6, 2010
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Jonathan Rea, after wrist surgery.
Rea undergoes successful surgery
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea underwent surgery on his injured left wrist yesterday afternoon in Manchester, UK.
Specialist surgeon Mike Hayton declared that he was happy with the repairs to a ruptured ligament between the left scaphoid and lunar bones, injured when Rea crashed during the 12th WSBK round at Imola, Italy on 25 September. The injury also detached part of both bones.
Rea will return to his home on the Isle of Man today to begin his recuperation before returning to Manchester in a month's time to have two supporting wires removed from the wrist.
"There was more damage than they first thought," said Rea as he left hospital this afternoon, "and the operation took about two hours instead of one. Basically, the ligament between the two bones was 100% ruptured and the two wires are designed to pull them together while the ligament meshes again.
"It certainly wasn't how I wanted to finish my season," he added, "but I'm grateful to Mike Hayton for fitting in my operation before he went to host a seminar in the USA yesterday evening. I'll get back into training as soon as I get home and focus on getting fit for testing for the 2011 World Superbike season."