Fernando Alonso injury update after undergoing surgery following road accident

Fernando Alonso’s return to Formula One is still on the cards despite the two-time world champion's involvement in a cycling accident in Switzerland on Thursday morning.

The Spaniard, 39, is set to race for Alpine this season, and makes his return to the sport after a two year hiatus.

However, his participation in pre-season testing – which takes place in Bahrain on March 12/14 – as well as the season-opening race at the same track two weeks later was potentially in doubt.

It was reported that Alonso was hit by a car while cycling near his home in Lugano.

However, his team have assured fans that their star driver should be fit to race as normal this season.

A statement from Alpine read: “Following his cycling accident yesterday Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland.

“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.”

According to Italian publication La Gazzetta, Alonso – who won back-to-back F1 world titles with Renault in 2005/06 – was riding his bicycle in Switzerland when he was hit by a car.

The outlet also claims that Alonso may have suffered a possible fractured jaw, an injury which would put his place on the grid for next month's season-opener in jeopardy.

Alonso, who turns 40 in July, has been out of the sport since he appeared to bring down the curtain on his career with McLaren at the end of the 2018 season.

But the Spaniard, who won successive championships with Renault, has completed a sensational comeback with the French manufacturer, who have been rebranded as Alpine.

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