To cure an injury in his arm
Marco Melandri underwent surgery yesterday on a niggling injury in his left arm.
The Italian experiences nerve compression in the limb, which affects the surrounding muscles. It is a common complaint amongst riders, and one that Melandri himself
has previously been treated for on the opposing side of his body two years ago.
"I started to notice the problem after the race at Laguna Seca, when my left arm would stiffen up on me," explained the rider on his website. "Despite treatment, the situation got worse and worse with every race."
Melandri may also go under the knife for a foot injury in the near future. "I hurt my foot in a crash with Valentino Rossi back at Motegi in 2005, and since then I haven't been able to train normally, including throughout the entire 2006 season. At the tracks where one goes round in a clockwise direction I have needed infiltrations, and I've been extremely fatigued."
"After the operation I'll take a fortnight off, before getting on the 800cc bike in Jerez. Changing tyres to Bridgestone will be a challenge, but I'm satisfied with my first experience with them on the 990cc."
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