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Croft injury rules Kirkham out for Knockhill
 
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Croft injury rules Kirkham out for Knockhill - June 25th 2005


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    A huge high-side during qualifying at Croft prematurely ended Sendo Superbike rider Jon Kirkham's weekend with injuries sustained preventing him from making the annual journey north to Knockhill.

    The small finger on his right hand has required extensive surgery including skin grafts over the last couple of weeks. The tendon though has taken the brunt of the impact and the initial prognosis from specialists was that it may take upto 12 weeks to fully heal.

    Jon has indicated that the healing process was going better than expected and he hoped to be back in the saddle within three weeks which may rule out a return to active duty until after the next round at Snetterton.

    "The finger is a bit of a mess. The doctors have been able to repair the tendon and the skin graft is healing faster than expected. Their diagnosis was 12 weeks to fully heal so I'm ahead of schedule. It's tempting to try for Snetterton but I have been warned that if I tear the tendon completely it will take more than 12 months to fix. I'm just going to have to wait and see."

    Jon's injury strangely enough has come at the right time as the Sendo Superbike team are not attending this weekends round at Knockhill for financial reasons. Title sponsor Sendo and Dienza Performance are currently working together to find alterative arrangements for the team to complete the season.

    Jon said there is never a good time for a rider to have an injury except in the current circumstances.

    "Having an injury such as this during the season would ordinarily be a real concern. With the situation the team is currently in though I have actually been quite lucky. I have full confidence in Enzo and everyone involved that it will sort itself out in the next couple of weeks. We have a great team and package and I'm sure the squads return to the championship will coincide with my return from injury."