Montoya a doubt for Bahrain following tennis fall

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Juan Pablo Montoya could miss Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix after hurting his shoulder while playing tennis. The McLaren-Mercedes driver picked up the injury in a fall.

Juan Pablo Montoya could miss Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix after hurting his shoulder while playing tennis. The McLaren-Mercedes driver picked up the injury in a fall.

A McLaren spokeswoman said the Colombian damaged his shoulder on Saturday while playing against his trainer Gerry Convey. "He slipped and he fell on his shoulder and got a very tiny hairline crack and a tiny bit of tissue damage," she said. "He slipped and fell quite awkwardly. In the next couple of days he's going to undergo some further scans. The injury is very minor."

Depending on the extent of Montoya's injury, McLaren will decide on its driver line-up on Thursday. He finished fourth in the Malaysian Grand Prix a week ago and is tied for third in the season's standings with eight points. If Montoya is unable to drive, he will probably be replaced by one of the team's test drivers: Pedro de la Rosa of Spain or Alexander Wurz or Austria.

Kimi Raikkonen, Montoya's team-mate, said at the weekend that the Bahrain International Circuit will be very demanding. "The Bahrain circuit is tough on brakes, with similar wear to Montreal, which is usually the toughest," he continued.

"This is because there are a number of hard braking areas and not much chance for the brakes to cool between. We also learnt last year that conditions can change very quickly in the desert, even during sessions, this can be the temperature, wind speed even rain."

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