With his surgeries now out of the way, injured Renault driver Robert Kubica now faces a long and hard road to regaining full fitness in order to plot a return to Formula 1.
The Pole suffered horrific injuries in a rally crash three weeks ago – including multiple fractures and a partial amputation of his right hand – and has undergone three mammoth operations to reattach the limb and set the various fractures he suffered when the guardrail he collided with punctured through the cabin of his Skoda Fabia rally car.
The 26-year-old has now been moved out of intensive care and into the rehabilitation ward of the Santa Corona hospital in the Italian town of Genoa.
Renowned F1 doctor Ricardo Ceccarelli has told Autosprint that that the first phases of muscle rehabilitation have started, with the full rehabilitation process to kick off in a month’s time.
Ceccarelli – now employed on Renault’s payroll – confirmed that a series of specialists will be assigned to “each region of the body injured” in the accident.
“Foot, knee, elbow, hand — they all require different programmes,” he explained, adding that the first phase will start “very soon”.
“His limbs, still for these last 20 days, have lost a lot of normal muscle tension and tone,” he continued. “So we’re already working on that.
Adding that Kubica – who suffered several fractures to his right leg – will soon be able to sit normally, Ceccarelli also said: “Robert is a very determined patient who wants to work many hours per day.
“But with these fractures [to his leg], at least a month still needs to pass before he is able to stand on his feet.”
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