The F1 world went into a shocking state when news surfaced regarding Fernando Alonso’s involvement in a road accident a few days back. Fortunately, the 39-year-old driver is recovering well and up for the 2021 season in full spirits.
According to the Alpine team’s recent official statement, the driver has sustained an upper jaw injury and got a few of his teeth removed. Still, Fernando Alonso is said to be “fine” to test and race in Bahrain next month.
The Spaniard himself cleared the air around his injury while posting a message on social media.” I’m ok and looking forward to getting 2021 underway,”, he said.
Alonso sustaining a severe Jaw Injury amidst a cycling accident
Alonso got admitted to the hospital after getting involved in a severe cycling accident in Switzerland. He reportedly suffered multiple fractures but still be deemed ‘ conscious and well in himself’ by doctors. As that happened, his potential return after a gap of two years got under dark clouds.
According to medical experts, the first radiographic examination shows multiple fractures. The report also stated that Alonso is “most likely” to miss the season’s start due to the same injury.
Alpine is hopeful of seeing their star driver back in action soon
Alpine further stated about the 39-year-old driver’s two days stay in the hospital for complete recovery. The statement quotes: “Looking forward, after a few days of complete rest, he will be able to resume training progressively. We expect him to be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season.”
The Spaniard is getting all the support and positivity from his former teammates and F1 fans. His former McLaren and Ferrari mate Pedro de la Rosa also hopes for Alonso’s early return to the track. As per hi, the champion “will have time to recover” before Bahrain Grand Prix.
“Fernando is fine and there is still a whole month to go, there is time for him to take part in the tests,” de la Rosa told a Spanish newspaper.
“Of course, the helmet fits snugly to the jaw and on the straights, the driver has to withstand heavy upwards loads, but it is encouraging that it is only the jaw and some teeth. That means recovery will not take long, although it will affect Fernando because he cannot train for the moment,” he added.
What is the update on Fernando Alonso’s jaw injury?
As per Maxillofacial surgery specialist Juan Rey Biel, Alonso is on antibiotics currently but should be up and ready to train again within the next two weeks.
Spanish journalist Carlos Miguel also laid his hopes on Alonso’s early return in his news Column. “Alonso plans to return to training in five or six days. He’s in a good mood, chatting with friends and responding to messages from the hospital. He has several tiring days ahead, but the upper jaw heals faster than the lower one”, he said.
Another maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Julio Acero, also placed his faith in a steady recovery for Alonso. He said, “Once the bone is put back in place, recovery is quite fast. In five or six days, he can return to sport”.
Bahrain Grand Prix kickstarts on 28th March 2021. Hence, depending upon the injury’s criticality, Alonso has enough time in hand to recover. Stay tuned as we keep bringing you every update and development in this regards.