The Santa Corona hospital in Genoa has confirmed that Robert Kubica’s third and final operation has occurred, with the Renault driver undergoing another lengthy surgical procedure to rebuild his right elbow, one of many injuries he sustained after his rally accident less than two weeks ago.

“The operation was a success and it will probably not be necessary for him to undergo further surgery,” a statement from the hospital reads.

It is expected that the 26-year-old will remain in hospital – initially in intensive care – for up to two more weeks before he starts his rehabilitation.

“The elbow was rebuilt satisfactorily but it is harder to give a prognosis about the recovery of functionality,” the head or orthopaedics, Francesco Lanza, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“At the end of the surgery, the doctors were pleased with the outcome, with the procedure being completed successfully,” a statement from the Renault F1 team adds.

Renault recently announced that Kubica’s former team-mate at BMW Sauber, Nick Heidfeld, would replace the injured Polish driver at the team.

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