16 Aug 08
Gigi Galli is making a good recovery following surgery last night on his broken leg, but his Stobart team boss says the injury will probably rule him out of the rest of the season.
Galli broke his left femur in a high-speed crash 12km into Friday’s penultimate stage. His Focus RS WRC eventually stopped after a heavy impact with a tree stump on Galli’s side.
The Italian was air-lifted to the Barmherzige Hospital in Trier, where he underwent surgery to repair the bone.
Stobart VK M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson said the operation had been a success and Gigi was recovering well. “Everything went okay and Gigi’s femur has been pinned in three places,” said Wilson. “He’s had some visitors this morning, he’s bright, he’s cheerful and the doctors say he should be out of hospital by Wednesday.”
But with a long period of convalescence ahead, Wilson said it looked unlikely that Galli would be out in a WRC car again this year: “He won’t be able to walk on it for six weeks, so realistically it’s looking difficult for the rest of the season.”