Rickard Rydell will miss this week’s test session at the Nürburgring Nordschleife as he continues treatment for the illness which sidelined him from the World Touring Car Championship’s second round of the 2015 season in Morocco.

The Swede suffered a high fever in the lead-up to the double-race event on the streets of Marrakech, with he and his Honda Racing Team Sweden outfit electing to withdraw from the event as a precaution.

After the event, Rydell underwent further tests in Stockholm and was diagnosed with thyroiditis – inflammation of the thyroid gland – and started immediate treatment.

His recovery will limit physical activity, prompting the team to confirm that the 47-year-old will not participate in this week’s test in Germany, an event designed to prepare the grid for next month’s inaugural visit to the iconic circuit.

He is expected to be well enough to race at the next round of the championship, the Race of Hungary, which takes place on May 1-3 at the Hungaroring.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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