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February 5, 2013
After Johnny Hoogerland was hit by a turning car on Sunday he is in intensive care in the hospital of Villajoyosa, Spain. On Monday morning he was examined and the doctors diagnosed 5 rib fractures, broken bones from his spine and a bruised liver. Furthermore there was a blood effusion around but not on his liver. This was a relief for the heavily injured 29 year old. Hoogerland will have to stay on the intensive care until at least halfway through the week and be transported to The Netherlands next week. He will likely miss entire Spring Classics season.
Sport director Aart Vierhouten is on his way to visit Hoogerland in Spain. He said, “Besides the good news regarding his liver this is a personal drama for every top athlete. I have to say that I am happy that the liver injury is not too bad but it still is a big injury. The main concern is that he gets better soon. Besides that the team will of course miss him in the coming months. After a hectic winter last year it was a good and relaxed winter this year in which Johnny was on his way to reach his 2011 level.”