Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Johnny Rea Hospitalized With Infection

Johnny Rea, who finished runner-up in the British Superbike Championship and has signed for Ten Kate Honda in the World Supersport Championship, has been hospitalized with complications after knee surgery.

The Ulsterman had undergone routine surgery to repair to his Anterior Cruciate Ligament, which had been put off until the end of the BSB season. Unfortunately, he was taken back into hospital after developing a painful infection to the wound, according to his website Luckily, the infection had not reached the ligament itself, so he should be up and about in week. However, to combat the infection he will have to spend up to 6 weeks in a Belfast hospital on an antibiotic drip. With his typical sense of humour, he adds that "Morphine Rules!"

I wish JR a speedy recovery.

(The Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL runs behind the kneecap and basically keeps the knee joint in a nice straight line. ACL surgery is the procedure which has been undergone by soccer stars such as Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy, and virtually everyone who has gone skiing on a professional basis.)

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