Rossi Finally Has Shoulder Surgery

Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi had suffered cartilage and joint damage to his shoulder in a motocross training accident back in April. The 31-year-old has delayed any intervention to his shoulder in order to fully complete the 2010 MotoGP season, which he managed to finish third, behind Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

However, following recent testing at the Valencia circuit, The Doctor decided to correct joint damage that kept him away from his eighth championship title, along with the leg injury he has suffered in June.

Rossi had the intervention on his supraspinatus tendon and glenoid ligament at the Cervesi di Cattolica hospital, with the surgery taking two hours to complete.

"The condition of the shoulder was really critical: Valentino really had to be tough to keep racing with that kind of injury,”
surgeons Alex Castagna and Giuseppe Porcellini were quoted as saying by the official MotoGP website. “The intervention went well, without any complications. For rehabilitation, you'd usually need 90 days for that kind of injury but we'll do our best in order to meet the requirements of the rider."

According to surgeons, an injury of this type usually requires 90 days of recuperation before it is fully healed. With preparation activities already approaching for the 2011 season, less than three months away, it remains unclear whether Rossi will be fully healed in time to make a strong debut with his new team.

The Italian will be riding for Ducati the upcoming season, next to his teammate, American rider Nicky Hayden. Rossi has replaced Casey Stoner, who has moved to Honda, a team which will field no less than three riders in 2011.
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