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Haslam not giving up on Donington return



Leon Haslam says he's still aiming to return at Donington Park despite admitting his latest broken leg is a worse injury than the last.

The British rider previously broke his leg last year in Australia. However, as that was his right leg he managed to push on and was back on his bike three days later.

This time around it's his left leg which he broke in two places when he crashed in the opening practice for the Assen WSBK.

"With this being my left leg it's more serious because I need it for shifting gear and a number of other things," he told crash.net.

"On this break I've had a proper job done and had a bar inserted through the centre of the tibia, which is obviously a pretty major operation. With the bar inserted in the bone I can more-or-less walk on it straight away.

"The really disappointing thing was that it happened at Assen, a race I was looking forward to, and as Johnny [Rea] showed, one where we could do well. That's the worst part of this injury."

Further explaining the surgery he underwent, Haslam said: "The 10mm bar goes from my knee to my ankle and that supplies the strength and I can walk on the leg without damaging or stressing the bone.

"I've got one of the biggest bars available in there with three screws holding it at the knee and two at the ankle joint. They drill the centre of the tibia out slightly smaller than the bar and then hammer it in.

"I came back to the UK because I knew that if I had that operation I would have the bone strength straight away and I would just have to deal with swelling and ligament damage which is where I'm at now.

"With any other operation I would have had to wait for the bone to heal which takes months and as a racer I haven't got that time."

And as time is crucial for the rider, Haslam hopes to be back on his Honda at Donington Park on May 26th.

"That's my aim and I've got three weeks ahead of me to achieve that in. But first things first, I need to get the swelling down and remove that staples and stitches so that I can see what other damage there might be regarding ligaments and tendons.

"I might not be able to walk in a month's time, but structurally the bone will be OK and I just need to get the movement in the knee and the ankle to change gear. I reckon that I'll be in a better position at Donington than I was in Australia because I will be able to put some weight through the leg."

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