Eugene Laverty has operation on fracture after crash
Northern Ireland's MotoGP star Eugene Laverty has undergone surgery on a fractured wrist and will soon begin a rehabilitation process which is expected to last between four and six weeks.
The popular Toomebridge rider suffered a crash during testing at Jerez in Spain on Thursday, breaking his wrist and dislocating his shoulder.
He was flown from Seville to Barcelona yesterday where a 3D scan discovered further damage with Laverty diagnosed with a small fracture of the first thoracic vertebra and a fracture of the coracoid aphophysis in his right shoulder.
Both the shoulder and vertebra can be treated with rest, although an operation was required for his left arm and performed by renowned surgeon Dr Xavier Mir and his medical team.
The operation for the Power Electonics Aspar rider took 90 minutes with his fracture fixed with a titanium plate.
In a fortnight there will be x-rays taken to confirm the success of the operation.
Laverty is due to wed fiancee Pippa Morson in a glittering ceremony in less than 10 days time.
After his crash Laverty said it was a disappointing end to what had been a good day of testing.