FERNANDO ALONSO has declared that he is feeling ‘OK’ after suffering a fractured jaw in a cycling accident.
The two-time F1 champion came off his road bike in Switzerland on Thursday afternoon and needed hospital treatment.
Fernando Alonso injured himself on Thursday while cycling in SwitzerlandCredit: Instagram @fernandoalo_oficial
Alonso’s girlfriend Linda Morselli is by the Spaniard’s side in hospital following his accident
The 39-year-old will spend a further two days in hospital – with his partner Linda Morselli by his side – as he recovers from surgery on his jaw and teeth.
His Italian model girlfriend has reportedly been keeping relatives updated on his condition via WhatsApp.
Taking to social media, Alonso said: “Thanks for all your wishes, I’m OK and looking forward to getting 2021 underway.”
A statement from his Alpine F1 team – formerly Renault – said: “Following his cycling accident Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland.
“Medics discovered a fracture in his upper jaw and conducted a successful corrective operation.
“The attending medical team are satisfied with his progress. Fernando will remain under observation in hospital for a further 48 hours.
“Looking forward, after a few days of complete rest, he will be able to progressively resume training.
“We expect him to be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season.”
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A police report confirmed the F1 star collided with a Swiss driver, who was turning into a supermarket.
Alonso is set to make his F1 return in a month’s time at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix after quitting McLaren in 2018.
Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez was among those to wish his compatriot a speedy recovery, tweeting on Thursday night: “All my best wishes for Fernando Alonso.
“We hope his injuries from this accident are minimal. A big hug.”