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Alonso discharged from hospital following cycling accident

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Alpine Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has been discharged from hospital following a road traffic accident last week.

Alonso was knocked off his bike while cycling in Switzerland on Thursday and underwent corrective surgery on his upper jaw as a result of his injuries.

After a period of 48 hours observation following the surgery, Alonso left hospital on Monday and will continue his recovery at home.

"He will now have a short period of complete rest before progressively resuming training to undertake preparation for the start of the season," a statement from the Alpine team said.

Alonso, a two-time F1 champion, returns to the series this season after two years racing in other categories.

He became a two-time World Endurance Champion with Toyota while away from F1, which included two victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2018.

His quest to become only the second driver to win the Triple Crown -- victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and Indy 500 -- has been put on hold.

Alonso entered the Indy 500 in 2017 and 2020, and failed to qualify in 2019, but will not be competing in the event while he is contracted to Alpine's F1 operation.

He is due to take part in pre-season testing in Bahrain between March 12-14 before the first race of the new season gets underway on March 28 at the same circuit.