Fernando Alonso has had corrective surgery on his jaw following a road accident.
The Formula 1 hero is said to have been hit while riding his bike in Lugano, training with the Alpine F1 team.
He was taken to hospital following the accident and has undergone surgery following a fracture to his jaw.
Though his Alpine F1 team expect the two-time world champion to be fit enough to start the new season having been due to make his comeback to Formula 1 this year with the team, previously known as Renault.
An Alpine F1 team statement 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.
“Fernano 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.”
The 39-year-old set up the Alpine team last year, securing sponsorship for five years from the UAE.