Injured Latvala out of Argentina Rally

Fri, 13 Apr 21:51:00 2012

Jari-Matti Latvala has withdrawn from this month's Rally of Argentina after breaking his left collarbone while cross-country skiing in Lapland.

Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala sits in his Ford Fiesta WRC during the qualification for the World Rally Championship Rally Sweden in Hagfors - 0

The Finn, who won this year's Rally of Sweden, fell heavily during training and had to have seven metal screws inserted into his shoulder in an operation on Thursday.

"Cross-country skiing is part of his regular training programme and he's a good and accomplished skier," a Ford team spokesperson told the world rally championship website.

"Unfortunately he suffered a heavy fall and has been withdrawn from Rally Argentina to give himself the best possible opportunity to be fit for the Acropolis Rally at the end of May."

The 27-year-old Latvala is sixth in the overall standings with 28 points, trailing world champion Sebastien Loeb of France who leads the way on 66.

Ford team director Malcolm Wilson said no decision on a Rally of Argentina replacement for Latvala would be announced until Monday at the earliest.

The all-gravel rally is scheduled for April 27-29.


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