“On Monday after the Phillip Island race my hand and mainly thumb were pretty swollen, we drove up to Melbourne to see a hand surgeon and they gave us good and bad news,” Rea said. “The tendon that controls the movement of the bone in my thumb had torn off and had to be reattached to gain movement.
“If they were to operate to reattach the tendon I would need a pin inside to keep the thumb permanently hyperextended. This would take up to 8 weeks to heal and I would not be able to bend it at all. I’d have to miss Donington because if I crash again with my thumb fully extended, it could rip my thumb off. Not nice.”
Instead, Rea will have his thumb in a splint during the Donington event.
“The only other option was to put my thumb in a splint which also keeps it in hyperextension but without operating and putting a pin in. This also takes up to 8 weeks to heal but the advantage with this is that I can still try to ride at Donington,” Rea said.
“I will just have ride with a slightly smaller splint than I have now, I just I cannot afford to bend the thumb at all, even when on the bike. The disadvantage being as soon as I bend the thumb, it will break the scar tissue which will be attaching the tendon to bone and I’ll be back to where I was at Phillip Island, starting recovery all over again. Realistically there’s a high chance of bending it or it swelling up on the bike, even with the splint in.”
“But the plan at the moment is to go to Donington, ride and see how it goes! Thats my good news, I will be there! I don’t need to grip the bars anyway do I!?”
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com