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Robert Kubica has suffered another setback in his return to Formula 1 after breaking his right leg in an accident near his house his Italy.

It is the same leg he broke in a high-speed rally crash almost a year ago. The 27-year-old faces a month in plaster before undergoing an operation to have a metal screw inserted just above his ankle.

Reports claim that he lost his footing on an icy street in Pietrasanta, near the coastal town of Viareggio. Kubica missed the whole of the 2011 season following the crash during the first stage of the Ronde di Andora rally. He was driving a Super 2000-specification Skoda Fabia when his car left the road at high speed and hit a crash barrier.

Having been cut out of the vehicle before being airlifted to hospital, the Pole underwent several operations to repair the damage to his partially severed right forearm and numerous fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg.

He is now out of contract with his former team Renault after it was announced last year that he would not be ready to return by the start of the season.

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When Lewis Hamilton started in F1, Kubica wasn't far behind and when asked who he thought would be his biggest challenger on the grid Lewis picked Kubica.

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YtzQovKuxc[/media]

See this video clip from 2008

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