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Injured F1 driver Robert Kubica breaks leg in Italy after slipping on ice

Police Formula One driver Robert Kubica, already facing a long lay-off as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a rally crash last year, has suffered another setback today after apparently injuring his leg when he slipped on ice near his home in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Reports suggest Kubica has re-opened the fracture to his right tibia, which is likely to further delay his recovery. Kubica was badly injured in the rally crash in February 2010, and although he initially hoped to return to racing later in the season with the Renault team, this was not to be and he was already facing the prospect of being out of the cockpit for most of 2011 as well.

It’s unclear at this stage how badly the latest accident will affect Kubica. He is tipped as a future Ferrari driver and potential world champion, but as his injury list grows it would seem that his return to F1 – if that ever happens at all – is still some time away. Fortunately, the latest reports suggest that the new injury is not as bad as first feared. Kubica could yet be back in F1 at some point.

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