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Robert Kubica suffers fresh setback after right leg break

Robert Kubica suffers another setback in his attempt to return to Formula 1 after breaking his leg in an accident near his home

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Robert Kubica has been out of action since February 2011Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

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Robert Kubica’s return to Formula 1 suffered a setback after the Pole broke his leg in fall near his home in Italy.

The 27-year-old former Renault driver is understood to have reopened a fractured in his right tibia after losing his footing and falling on ice near his home in Pietrasanta, near Viareggio.

Italian news agency ANSA said doctors x-rayed Kubica’s right leg, before he was transferred at his own request to a hospital in Pietra Ligure, which had treated him after last year’s incident in the Ronde di Andorra Rally.

The news was confirmed by the Gazzetta dello Sport website which reported a micro-fracture of the right tibia.

The BBC also reported that Kubica will have to have a metal screw inserted just above the ankle, and will spend a month in plaster.

Kubica missed the entire 2011 season as he battled back from horrific injuries sustained in a rally crash in a Skoda Fabia in Italy almost a year ago, and after revealing in November that he would not be fit to return in March 2012, was dropped by Renault – now rebranded at Lotus – forcing the team to sign a new pairing of former 2007 F1 world champion Kimi Räikkönen and current GP2 champion Romain Grosjean.

The move came as a surprise after Renault promised to bide their time with Kubica’s return, but the Pole is understood to be working towards a 2013 comeback, with Ferrari interested in pairing him with Fernando Alonso as a replacement for Felipe Massa.

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