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Ari Vatanen will have an operation on his neck to stabilise the injury he sustained in an accident on stage six of Tour de Corse on the weekend.

Vatanen suffered a minor injury to his cervical spine, which needs a non-urgent operation to prevent further complications following a heavy frontal impact when his Peugeot 207 RC Rallye went off the road.

The 59-year-old was sharing course-opening car duties with his son Max, who emerged shocked but uninjured from the impact. Vatanen spent the night under observation at hospital in Bastia and is said to be in a comfortable condition.

Following the routine operation, Vatanen is expected to make a complete recovery, although it is not known exactly how long his recuperation period will be.
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