Sutton making steady progress in recovery from concussion
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Sutton making steady progress in recovery from concussion

by VeloNation Press at 10:11 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Injury
Fractured cheekbone will require surgery

Shane SuttonOne day after a crash which led to head injuries, slight bleeding on the brain and temporary memory loss, British Cycling and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton looks set to be released from hospital tomorrow.

The Australian ex-pro appears to be making a good recovery and according to British Cycling, will resume his role shortly.

“Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation,” a spokesperson said today. “He has fractured his cheek bone which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.”

A 62 year old man driving a Peugeot car collided with Sutton during the latter’s pre-work ride near Manchester Velodrome. Sky principal Dave Brailsford said afterwards that the coach’s helmet ‘probably saved his life.’

Meanwhile Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is also making steady progress. He was released from hospital yesterday following his crash on Wednesday evening, where he was hit by a small van.

According to The Sun newspaper, the driver of the vehicle, Cath Burrows, was devastated after the accident saying, “What have I done?”

She was shocked to find out it she had just had an accident with the Tour de France winner.

A worker at the garage where the accident took place reported, “The van driver kept saying over and over, ‘What have I done? Oh my God, I’ve just knocked over Bradley Wiggins’.”

Although it was initially thought that Wiggins might have broken ribs and fractures to his hand, an update from Sky yesterday said that bruising had been confirmed in both cases.

The accident is not expected to seriously disrupt his 2013 season preparation.


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