Reports from Europe are saying that Valentino Rossi has broken his leg while training on an enduro bike.
Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport, says that the nine-time World Champion has sustained a “suspected fracture of the tibia and fibula” and that Rossi is expected to go into surgery tonight to repair the injury.
We should caution that these reports have not yet been confirmed, with Yamaha yet to comment on the injury, but if true they could have dire consequences for Rossi’s bid to be the 2017 MotoGP World Champion.
Of course, we should also take today’s reports with a measure of skepticism. As it was just last year that we heard reports of Rossi suffering an injury ahead of the Italian GP in Mugello. Rossi would go on to compete in the Italian round, finishing fourth in the process.
Rossi is known for his mind games, and now that he trails 26 points to Andrea Dovizioso, in what could be his last shot at a MotoGP title, one can only imagine that no holds are barred for the Movistar Yamaha rider.
With that in mind, we will update you on Rossi’s condition, and any confirmation of his injury that we can get. Stay tuned.