Fernando Alonso has undergone a “successful” operation to fix a fractured jaw sustained in a road cycling accident on Thursday.
Alonso was taken to hospital after being hit by a car while cycling in Lugano, but was understood to be “conscious” and “well in himself” according to a statement issued by Alpine.
The Spaniard remained in hospital overnight as medics discovered a fracture to his upper jaw, performing a corrective operation on Thursday night.
Alpine released an update on Friday morning, confirming the surgery had been a success and that he would remain under observation for another two days.
The French outfit expect the double world champion will be able to continue preparations for the 2021 season and be fully fit for the first race in Bahrain on March 28.
“Following his cycling accident yesterday Fernando Alonso was kept under observation in hospital in Switzerland,” the statement reads.
“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.”
Reports claim Alonso came off his bike braking hard to avoid a collision with an oncoming car while out on his bike.
Alonso is returning to F1 after a two-year spell away from the series, reuniting with the rebranded Alpine team, formally Renault, for a third stint at the Enstone outfit.
In preparation for his comeback, Alonso has undertaken an extensive testing programme, which saw him drive a 2018-spec Renault and a 2020 car last year.
His first taste of Alpine’s 2021 challenger is due to come on-track in winter testing, which is scheduled to begin on March 12.