Positive injury news for Dougan and Kennett
RTT Honda riders Jason Dougan and Luke Kennett have both been given some encouraging news concerning their respective injuries over the last week.
17 year old Jason Dougan had already called an end to his 2004 season after a reoccurrence of an old injury forced the teenager to abandon his racing and focus on having the broken bones in his foot fused, subsequently facing a long recovery spell of around five months. After seeking a second medical opinion Dougan is now embracing an alternative treatment that may even see the promising youngster make a dramatic return to action before the end of the calendar. The process involves several steroid injections into the damaged area that assists the bone’s regeneration and importantly means that the Honda rider will not have to face surgical procedure. In fact Dougan is planning to attempt practice this Sunday at Pontrilas to determine the effects of the initial injection.
“I went to see the specialist for a second opinion about my foot and he seemed to think that fusing the bones maybe wasn’t necessary because it is a serious operation,” he remarked. “He recommended a new procedure where I have two or three steroid injections between the bones. I have already had one injection and the pain has reduced. I will only find out if it has worked by riding. If it is not 100% but I still feeling better than I can have a ‘top up’ which should help. I will try riding practice this weekend but I will not race. If things seem OK then I can think about the last round of the British Championships on the Isle of Wight.”
Luke Kennett has been struggling all year with a broken knee ligament that has hindered his riding and preparation for the British Championship and Under-21 campaigns. Although still able to walk the 19 year old suffered a setback two weeks ago when the knee locked solid after further damage to the cartilage. Keyhole surgery a few days afterwards relieved the situation and Kennett was further boosted by news that a date for an operation on the joint has been pushed through and confirmed within six weeks. Now mobile once more he is eying the final round of the Under 21 Championship at Canada Heights as well as the last race of the British series on the Isle of Wight.
“I had to rest for a few days after the keyhole surgery but the knee is now more or less back in the state it was after I had ripped the ligament,” he said. “I can still ride and I would like to get back on the bike before the end of the season because I will have to wait a long time recovering from the operation. My knee is in pretty bad shape and the bones have been grinding from where the cartilage has split. It got to a stage where I could not walk and the doctor saw that it needed an operation quickly. I wont attempt Pontrilas but Canada Heights for the Under 21s and then the race on the Island should be possible. The Isle of Wight is my home round and I really want to ride there.”
Info, photo RTT Honda Press Service