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Kevin Strijbos sidelined with an elbow injury

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Suzuki World MXGP rider Kevin Strijbos will be sitting-out the next few rounds of the MXGP season due to an elbow injury that he sustained the MXGP of Trentino.

After consultations with Dr Claes and Dr De Schrijver, it was decided that Strijbos would undergo surgery yesterday morning, with initial reports suggesting that the operation to repair the tear in the tendon and remove the inflammation in his elbow being a success.

At Valkenswaard, Strijbos was only able to complete half of the first moto before the pain became too much and he had to pull off the track, which meant he was then unable to line up for the second race.

‰ÛÏI was in a lot of pain due to the tear in the tendon of my elbow so we decided to have an injection," Strijbos explained after Sunday's race.

"It felt a lot better after that, but after two or three laps the pain came back so I had to hold on a lot more with my left hand to compensate for the lack of feeling in the right. However this caused me to get arm pump and I crashed and despite trying for a few more laps, I couldn‰Ûªt catch up so I pulled off.
Kevin Strijbos with team boss Stefan Everts last weekend
The disappointed Belgian had this to say about his injury after consulting docotrs, ‰ÛÏSunday night I was in so much pain, so I knew we had to do the operation. Dr De Schrijver who has operated on me before performed the surgery and he said it went well.

"The tear has been fixed and the inflammation removed. Now I am in a cast for a week or 10 days, with the plan then to remove it and see how the recovery is going. If all goes well, I‰Ûªll replace the cast with a brace so I can start to do some more things with it.

"From then on, we have to see how it goes before I can give a real estimate for my next race. Prior to the operation, they said it‰Ûªd be around four weeks before I can start mountain biking and then six weeks before I can be back riding motocross, only if everything goes really, really well.

‰ÛÏI prefer to take it week by week though and see how it‰Ûªs progressing because I don‰Ûªt want to come back too early and have the inflammation return. I‰Ûªm going to rest-up for now and try to let it heal as much as possible before this next check-up. Then we‰Ûªll have a bit more of an idea about my recovery period.‰Û
An elbow injury was to much for Strjibos to complete a moto at the previous round at Valkenswaard

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