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GP Week : Issue 26
Scaphoid problems spike Stoner’s chances THE unexpected return of an old injury – dating back to 2003 – has spiked Stoner’s chances and will make the rest of the season something of an endurance test. The injury is to the scaphoid bone in his left wrist. Scaphoid problems are dreaded by riders, because a poor blood supply makes it hard to heal. Stoner said after today’s race that his scaphoid had apparently never healed, after it was fractured five years ago. “There’s no sign of healing. Over the last five years it has been getting worse and worse.” It will require surgery to effect a repair, “but we can’t change anything before the end of the season,” he said. The problem emerged on the first day of practice, 16 when increasing pain sent him to Clinica Mobile. X-rays revealed that the fracture in the scaphoid had re-opened. Stoner rode on with the wrist strapped, but admitted the pain was a problem. “It’s a really strange one, because there’s been no impact on it,” said Stoner. Neither of his two previous crashes at Laguna Seca and Brno had hurt his wrist. “I was just adjusting my back protector this afternoon when I felt some pain. It got worse as the session went on,” he explained. “I couldn’t believe it when they showed me the X-ray. “It makes right-hand corners quite difficult,” he said. “But I’m going to carry on for the rest of the season, and do the same thing as always.”