Dario Franchitti is expected to make a complete recovery following his violent Houston accident

Dario Franchitti has been discharged from hospital following a successful operation to repair the broken right ankle he suffered in Race 2 of the Grand Prix of Houston a little over one week ago.

The Scot will travel to Indianapolis to receive further treatment, including a second operation on the ankle, which he broke after he was pitched into the catch fencing on the final lap of the race following contact with the back of Takuma Sato’s car.

Franchitti will have to wear a back brace until his spinal fractures healFranchitti also fractured two vertebrae in his spine and received a concussion, and will have to wear a back brace while the former injury heals.

His seat in the Target Chip Ganassi team will be taken over by Canadian veteran, Alex Tagliani, for this weekend’s season finale at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. His teammate Scott Dixon currently leads the Drivers’ Championship standings from Team Penske rival Helio Castroneves.

“I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and I’m thankful to have such a great family and such wonderful friends and fans,” Franchitti said in a statement issued by the team.

“Thanks to everyone at the hospital and the track who took such good care of me during my stay in Houston. I look forward to watching Scott [Dixon], Alex [Tagliani] and the Target team next weekend on television, and will be pulling for them as they go for another championship.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.