Crutchlow Recovering From Surgery

Cycle News Staff | June 16, 2011

Cal Crutchlow has undergone successful surgery on the broken left collarbone he suffered during last weekend’s British Grand Prix.The 25-year-old had a titanium plate and several screws inserted in the shoulder in an operation performed by Dr. David Clark at the Royal Derby Hospital. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider broke his left collarbone in five places in a qualifying crash for his home race at Silverstone.Surgery on the damaged collarbone was delayed while Crutchlow was assessed for a neck injury suffered in the crash. Initial checks at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford showed a suspected non-displacement fract ure of his C2 vertebrae. But CAT scans showed no damage to his neck, and he was immediately transferred to the Royal Derby Hospital for surgery on his collarbone.

“The operation on my collarbone was a success and the doctors seems really happy with the outcome,” Crutchlow said in a team release. “But I am still in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, the break is a lot worse than the one my teammate Colin Edwards had in Catalunya and I’ve got different pain and movement levels. And I’ve spent two days lying on my back with a suspected neck injury, so my shoulder just got swollen. I am not very happy that this happened to me in my home race at Silverstone when things were going really well for the weekend. I don’t know if I will ride in Assen. We will have to wait and see, but I’ll be trying 100 percent to be there if I can.”