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Two-time Formula 1 world champion, Fernando Alonso, has fractured his jaw in a cycling accident.

39-year-old Fernando Alonso required surgery after a cycling accident left him with a fractured jaw. His Formula 1 team, Alpine, has released a statement saying he had a successful corrective operation to his fractured jaw and will remain in hospital for observation over the next 48 hours.

"The medical team are satisfied with his progress. After a few days of complete rest, he will be able to progressively resume training. We expect him to be fully operational to (prepare) for the season."

While out for a training ride, Alonso was involved in an accident with a car near his home in Lugano, Switzerland.

After a two-year stint participating at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Indianapolis 500 and the World Endurance Championship, the Spaniard is making a comeback into the world of F1.

He'll be driving for the Alpine team, formerly known as Renault, alongside his teammate Esteban Ocon.

Pre-season testing is scheduled to take place in Bahrain from 12 to 14 March, with the first race of the season taking place on the same track from 23 to 28 March.

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