Nicky Hayden (right) did not compete in the Italian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

(right) did not compete in the Italian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden underwent surgery on Tuesday, with an arthroscopic cleaning of his right wrist carried out by Dr Riccardo Luchetti in Italy.

Hayden was operated on to cure a niggling wrist problem that caused him to pull out of the Mugello weekend. The American had already ridden through the pain at the previous rounds in Spain and France, and falling on it again in Le Mans.

But the discomfort proved too much at the more demanding Mugello circuit and the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team rider took the doctors’ advice to take no further part in the Grand Prix and to go under the knife. The operation started at 8:10 a.m. local time and took around an hour and a half.

Dr. Riccardo Luchetti was the man in charge of the operation, which was carried out at Casa di Cura Profesor Ernesto Montanari Spa in Morciano di Romagna, Italy. An arthroscopic cleaning procedure was carried out on his right wrist and some floating matter was removed. Hayden was also injected with an anti-inflammatory to reduce the swelling and loosen the joint.

Following a brief spell of rest the DRIVE M7 Aspar rider will be discharged and then he will rest and recover, with the hope of returning next week in time for the Catalunya round.

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