Brit 125 Rider Bradley Smith Medically Examined In Barcelona - June 29th 2007
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The Oxford-born rider travelled this morning to Barcelona, where Dr. Perramón diagnosed in addition to the already known fractures in his foot and hand, a small fissure in the tibial plateau of the left knee.
Bradley Smith had a crash during the first free practice of the Dutch Grand Prix yesterday morning in Assen, after being hit by another rider in a fast section of the track. The young Briton, after receiving first medical assistance at the Clinica Mobile, where he was diagnosed a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of the left hand and the fifth metatarsal of the left foot, travelled this morning to Barcelona to undergo further examinations by Doctor Jaume Perramón.
According to the medical report, Repsol rider Bradley Smith has, in addition to the fractures already diagnosed yesterday in Assen - fracture of the neck of the fifth metatarsal of the left foot and fracture due to an impact of the neck of the fifth metacarpal of the left hand-, a divided fracture of the tibial plateau in the left knee. The exploration carried out by Dr. Perramón rules out the need for any kind of surgical intervention.
It is planned to make a magnetic resonance of the joint on Monday, once the swelling of the knee has gone down, in order to determine the seriousness of the injury. His left leg has been completely immobilised. If the evolution of the injuries is positive, the Repsol rider might be ready to take part in the German Grand Prix in two weeks time.