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Fernando Alonso suffered a fractured jaw in his cycling accident yesterday morning, his Alpine team have confirmed.

However they expect the 39-year-old will recover in time to begin preparations for his return to Formula 1 this year.

“Following his cycling accident yesterday Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland,” said his team in a statement. “Medics discovered a fracture in his upper jaw and conducted a successful corrective operation. The attending medical team are satisfied with his progress.

“Fernando will remain under observation in hospital for a further 48 hours.

“Looking forward, after a few days of complete rest, he will be able to progressively resume training. We expect him be fully operational to undertake preparation for the season.

“Alpine F1 Team and Fernando thank you for your wishes and will issue further updates when appropriate.”

This article will be updated.

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