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Fernando Alonso suffers injury setback ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

By Philip Duncan

Fernando Alonso has been ruled out of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix amid concerns he could suffer a punctured lung.

The 34-year-old - who sustained fractured ribs at last weekend's Australian Grand Prix in one of the most spectacular smashes in recent times - failed a medical at Bahrain's Sakhir Circuit yesterday.

"I'm a little bit sad, but it's the only way to go," said Alonso. "With the G-forces that rib fracture could move into the lung."

Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will deputise for the two-time world champion.

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