Fernando Alonso undergoes jaw surgery after cycling accident

Geneva, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has undergone surgery on his upper jaw after a cycling accident and is expected to restart training after few days of recovery, the Alpine F1 team said Friday.

“Following his cycling accident yesterday, Alonso was kept under observation in a hospital in Switzerland. Doctors discovered a fracture in his upper jaw and conducted a successful corrective operation. The attending medical team are satisfied with his progress,” Alpine, which is owned by Renault, said.

Alonso, who is returning to F1 after a two-year hiatus, will remain under observation in hospital for 48 hours. He was hit by a car while out cycling in Switzerland on Thursday.

After a few days of rest, he will be able to progressively resume training, Alpine said.

“We expect him to be fully operational to undertake preparation for the next season,” a statement from the team continued.

The Spaniard, who won the title with Renault in 2005 and 2006, also drove for Ferrari and McLaren before stepping away from F1 to pursue the Triple Crown of motorsport: the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. EFE-EPA


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