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

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Robert Kubica has been out of action since February 2011 Andrew 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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