Molson Kawasaki’s South African superstar Gareth Swanepoel is due to undergo a wrist operation on Wednesday and is confirmed to miss the start of the MX2 season.
The scaphoid injury has been a problem for Gareth since early in the 2006 season when he originally broke the troublesome bone in his right wrist but after late season bone graft surgery in ’07 it was hoped that the small bone would heal properly with the aid of a small screw. Unfortunately for Gareth this wasn’t the case and a recent exploratory examination proved that the surgery had not been completely successful and the bone had still not healed.
Gareth will now go under the knife again and a vascularised bone graft will be carried out. The aftercare for this operation includes being plastered to above the elbow and it’s expected that the recovery period should be in the region of four months.
The remaining members of the Molson Kawasaki team go into this weekend’s opening round of the world championship with high hopes of success with Stephen Sword and Gautier Paulin flying the Molson colours in MX2 on their factory KX250F-SRs while Tom Church makes an MX1 debut for the Molson squad on the KX450F.
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