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NASCAR’s Skinner Has Ankle Surgery

July 19, 2001

WELCOME, N.C. (AP) _ Mike Skinner was recovering Thursday following surgery to repair his left ankle, fractured in a crash during a Winston Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Dr. Craig Hankins, an orthopedic specialist, performed the 45-minute procedure Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. Skinner then flew home to North Carolina by private plane.

It also was determined that Skinner will not require surgery for an injury to his left knee.

``I reset Mike’s left ankle and inserted two titanium screws,″ Hankins said. ``I expect Mike to make a complete recovery.″

Hankins would not estimate the length of Skinner’s recovery.

``The healing process takes some time whenever there’s an ankle fracture because you also have a sprain or strain of the ligaments,″ Hankins said. ``With any surgery, there’s going to be swelling. I’ll see Mike again Friday to evaluate the swelling of the ankle and prescribe his rehabilitation process. I’ll have Mike back in the race car as soon as possible.″

Hankins also said that Skinner did not have a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as feared, but had aggravated an old knee injury and is not expected to undergo surgery to repair it.

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