Renault has been quick to respond to the latest round of rumours claiming Robert Kubica’s condition has worsened since his latest round of surgery, after quotes in the Polish press – attributed to his girlfriend Edyta Witas – claimed that his “physical and psychological state had worsened” over the weekend.

The team hastily issued a press release insisting that the 26-year-old – critically injured in a rallying crash just over a week ago – was steadily improving.

His treating doctors have also supported their claims, with the Polish driver to undergo one further operation on his smashed right elbow before he starts a lengthy physical rehabilitation program.

Kubica has also returned to intensive care in the Santa Corona hospital, to avoid having to put him through another transfer of departments ahead of his final operation, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

“Kubica will remain in intensive care for two more days in order to undergo a complete check up and to avoid another ward change before the final operation. The clinical picture is so satisfying that it allows for programming of the final surgery for Wednesday,” a quote from the hospital reads.

The team, meanwhile, is yet to announce the identity of his replacement ahead of the 2011 championship season, although Nick Heidfeld is widely tipped as the most likely contender.

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