Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica is confident about his comeback to the circuit as he prepares for further surgery after a dangerous accident in Italy.
Kubica sustained serious injuries in a crash in the Sunday's Ronde di Ancora rally, following which he underwent seven hours of surgery to repair his partially severed right hand.
Lotus Renault, Kubica's team, said his recovery was " encouraging", as the Pole faces further operations on additional fractures sustained to his arms and legs.
Kubica, who is currently recovering in the Santa Corona Hospital in northern Italy, was conscious and stable on Febuary 9, Renault added.
A statement on www.lotusrenaultgp.com read: "Today, Robert's general condition has once again improved.
"According to the doctors, the levels of inflammation are in the norm considering his medical condition, and the recovery of his forearm remains encouraging.
"Yesterday, Robert was able to talk to his doctors and relatives. His medication makes him sleep quite a lot, but he is responding to all external stimulation.
"He has reacted well to the news about his condition and is ready to fight for his comeback.
"On Thursday, Robert should undergo some more surgery in order to stabilise the fractures to his right shoulder and right foot.
"Three or four days later, another operation will allow his elbow fracture to be stabilised as well.
"Robert will remain at the Santa Corona Hospital for two to three weeks.
"A decision will then be taken about where he should go in order to continue his rehabilitation."
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