Another – and hopefully, final – round of surgery has been performed on Robert Kubica over the weekend, with the operation on his right elbow set to allow the Pole to commence the next phase of his lengthy rehabilitation in the wake of his February rally accident.
Surgeons described the operation – to recover full mobility in his right elbow – a “total success”, according to reports in the Italian press.
“I can confirm that the operation was completely successful, so the whole elbow joint has been restored and functionality is now fine,” Kubica’s manager Daniele Morelli told RAI.
“Certainly this one will be the final surgery, so we can say that tomorrow starts the final phase with full recovery of the arm movement functionality, and Robert will be able to start training specifically to regain full control of his functionality.”
Morelli again stressed that it would be impossible to predict when the one-time Grand Prix winner would make a return to motor racing, but was keen to stress that his rehabilitation’s “final phase” could now start.
“The fundamental thing is that we are certain Robert has found again his full capability to return to racing,” he said. “Let’s now let nature take its course and allow Robert to regain the physical strength that was obviously lost after so many months of hospitalisation and surgeries.
“With it we’ll be able to know, within a month or a month and a half at most, when Robert will be able to get back on the track.”
Morelli added that Kubica’s recovery is as much psychological as it is physical.
“He’s had many different phases. The first three months were the emergency phase, when Robert perhaps wouldn’t even realise how serious his case was and how complex were the consequences,” he continued.
“When he fully realised he surely reacted in the best possible way, constructively. He’s obviously had highs and lows, with a bit more sadness during racing weekends because he obviously couldn’t participate, but as for the rest I’d say he’s focused on his return.
“Not just Robert, but we all want to start putting behind all these feelings, and start thinking about what we can do as soon as possible.”
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