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Valentino Rossi cleared to make shock return in Germany

German MotoGP, Sachsenring, Sunday, 18 July
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Valentino Rossi

Rossi ready to race in Germany

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has been cleared to make a shock return at Sunday's German MotoGP.

The Italian seven-time world champion fractured his right shin at Mugello on 5 June, an injury expected to rule the 31-year-old out for up to six months.

However, the chief medical officer for the Sachsenring race said on Thursday the Fiat Yamaha rider is fit to race.

"I'm in pretty good shape but it will be difficult over full race distance, I think," said Rossi.

"Immediately after the crash the doctors said it could be five months before I was fit to return.

"I ignored that as it would maybe take five months to play football, but I just need to ride the bike."

Rossi had two operations to pin his broken bone back together and is aiming to do well on Sunday despite being unable to walk without crutches.

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The Italian, who has been sidelined for the past four races, was determined to return to racing as soon as possible after his accident during the Italian MotoGP.

He in seventh place in the championship and 104 points behind leader and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, having slipped from second position during his absence.

However, there are 275 points to play and Rossi says he will do his best to catch the Spaniard.

"These two races at Sachsenring and Laguna Seca are very important if I am to come back in good shape for the last five or six races of the season and try again to win," said Rossi, who has been linked with a move to Ducati for the 2011 campaign.

"It is not impossible to catch up 100 points - there are 11 races left - but of course it would be very, very difficult."

The Italian was already suffering from a shoulder injury at the time he broke his leg and says that could be a bigger problem on Sunday.

"My shoulder has improved a lot as well but there is still some pain. The injury to the leg was worse but I think it will be less of a problem on the bike than the shoulder," he stated.

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see also
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
16 Jul 10 |  MotoGP
Rossi optimistic on return target
26 Jun 10 |  MotoGP
Rossi absence 'diminishes title'
18 Jun 10 |  MotoGP
Rossi begins recovery from injury
11 Jun 10 |  MotoGP
Rossi sidelined with broken leg
06 Jun 10 |  MotoGP
MotoGP standings
31 Oct 10 |  MotoGP
MotoGP on the BBC
15 Mar 11 |  MotoGP


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