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MotoGP: Marc Marquez fractures leg but is expected to recover for season-opener

Published on Feb 20, 2014 8:44 PM
 
MotoGP Repsol Honda Team's Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racers, current MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez (front left) and Dani Pedrosa (front right) speak each other after a press conference in Tokyo on Feb 7, 2014. MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has fractured the fibula bone in his right leg and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, his Repsol Honda team said on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (Reuters) - MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has fractured the fibula bone in his right leg and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, his Repsol Honda team said on Thursday.

Marquez, who turned 21 on Monday, suffered the injury on Wednesday during a dirt-track training session in Lleida, near Barcelona and close to his home town of Cervera, and has already started his rehabilitation.

The Spaniard will miss next week's test in Sepang, Malaysia, and possibly the one the following week at Phillip Island, Australia but is expected to have recovered in time to race in the season-opening grand prix in Qatar on March 23.

"The results showed no ligament damage or dislocation and no need to proceed with surgery," the doctor who treated Marquez, Xavier Mir, said in a statement. "I expect he will need three to four weeks to fully recover."

 
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