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Valentino Rossi already planning return after breaking leg

Rossi was injured in an enduro training accident on Thursday and operated on overnight at the Riuniti hospital in Ancona to repair tibia and fibula fractures.

Reported by: AP , New Delhi [Published on:01 Sep 2017, 11:20 PM IST]
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Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha looks on after finishing third at British GPPhoto:AP

Seven-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi wants to get back on his bike "as soon as possible" after breaking his right leg. Rossi was injured in an enduro training accident on Thursday and operated on overnight at the Riuniti hospital in Ancona to repair tibia and fibula fractures.

"The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good," Rossi said Friday.

A metal pin was inserted in Rossi's leg to hold the bones together. It was the same leg the 38-year-old Italian broke in 2010.

Raffaele Pascarella, the surgeon who operated on Rossi, said the procedure "went perfectly."

"Valentino is doing well and I think that's the most important thing for us and his fans," Pascarella said.

The accident came days after Rossi finished third in the British Grand Prix in his 300th race in the premier class.

Rossi, who has finished runner-up the past three seasons, is fourth in the MotoGP standings, 26 points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi has won seven titles in the top class — his first in 500cc and then six in MotoGP — plus two more championships in the lower classes.