|Injury hampered Checa’s performance in Assen
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Alstare Ducati’s Carlos Checa has revealed he is suffering from problems with his left shoulder and arm which could be responsible for the 2011 World Champion being a little off form recently. After a medical check up at Assen, it was revealed that Checa had an ‘osseous edema’ on the humerus of his left shoulder; or in simpler terms, a painful build up of fluid in the tissues surrounding a trauma.
Checa has been having intense physiotherapy on the shoulder over the past couple of weeks back home in Spain, and will continue to do so until tomorrow, before heading to Monza.
Monza typically hasn’t been overly kind to Checa, with a best result of 7th in race two last year at the Italian circuit. Checa will be looking to improve on this, perhaps utilising the extra oomph in the 1199 Panigale, compared with his previous 1198 Ducati. However, given his physical condition, don’t be surprised to see the Spaniard struggle again this weekend. ‘During the last couple of events, especially in the races themselves, I’ve been having some problems with my left shoulder but the evening after the second race in Assen the pain got a lot worse. I went to see a specialist once I got back to Spain after that round and unfortunately he’s told me that I have an osseous edema on the humerus. I will continue to receive treatment in Spain up until Thursday and I hope that that will help me to get through this coming weekend without any problems.’