Kubica falls, breaks leg


Robert Kubica

(GMM) Robert Kubica is recovering from surgery on his right leg (tibia) following a fall on an icy street last week.

The news agencies Polska Agencja Prasowa (Poland) and Ansa (Italy) said the former BMW and Renault driver, who was already sidelined following his horror rally crash early last year, was operated on in Mantua, Italy.

Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli said the 27-year-old will remain in hospital for a few days.

"Now he just needs a little bit of rest," said Morelli in his first public comment about Kubica's latest injury setback.

Ansa agency said the surgery was carried out by an orthopedic specialist and proceeded normally. La Gazzetta dello Sport said the operation lasted two hours.

The Carlo Poma hospital would not comment.

01/11/12 Robert Kubica has been dealt a major blow in his bid to revive his Formula One career after reportedly breaking his leg.

The Polish star, who was ruled out of the 2011 campaign after a horrific rally crash, slipped on an icy road near his home in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Kubica, 27, was taken to hospital with X-rays reportedly revealing that he'd re-opened the fracture in his right tibia that he sustained in his rally crash 11 months ago.

He was then transferred to the same hospital which oversaw his recovery following the rally crash.
Kubica is understood to be facing several months of recuperation after undergoing operations to repair the damage to his partially severed right forearm and numerous fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg.

The accident will come as a huge blow to Kubica who has already been replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus Renault this season.

Despite effectively being dropped by Lotus, Kubica hadn't given up hope of returning to the grid in 2012 with reports suggesting he could replace Felipe Massa if the Brazilian fails to find his form this term.

In addition, Red Bull have also been linked with a move for Kubica for 2013 should they decide to part company with veteran Mark Webber when the Australian’s contract expires at the end of next season.

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