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Formula 1

Alonso update: Broken jaw and two more days in hospital

After suffering a cycling accident, Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has been operated on at the Bern hospital in Switzerland after suffering a jaw break.

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After two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso endured a cycling accident in Switzerland, the Spaniard has had surgery to his jaw and will spend another two days in hospital.

Alonso was training in anticipation of his Formula 1 return when he was hit by a car at a roundabout in Lugano with the incident happening on Via La Santa, near Alonso's home and not far from a Lidl supermarket.

Alonso was then taken to a local hospital where he undertook a number of tests and was then transferred to a facility in Bern.

The latest, according to MARCA, indicates that the Spanish driver needed maxillofacial surgery - facial reconstructive surgery - where specialists had to reposition his jaw and remove some damaged teeth in order to replace them with implants.

The Spanish news outlet also reports that the operation in a Bern hospital went well.

Meanwhile Alonso's Alpine F1 team also released a statement giving an update on the Spaniard's condition, while also indicating that he will be ready for the season to begin.

"Following his cycling accident yesterday Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland," the statement read.

"Medics discovered a fracture in his upper jaw and conducted a successful corrective operation. The attending medical team are satisfied with his progress.

"Fernando will remain under observation in hospital for a further 48 hours.

"Looking forward, after a few days of complete rest, he will be able to progressively resume training. We expect him be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season.

"Alpine F1 Team and Fernando thank you for your wishes and will issue further updates when appropriate."

The Spanish driver is scheduled to take part in the official pre-season test on March 12-14, with the first 2021 F1 Grand Priz set for March 28 in Bahrain.


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