Steve Plater will not be able to join the HM Plant Honda team in the pit lane at this year’s TT, after further scans revealed he's broken his neck.
Having sustained a broken arm during a crash at the North West 200 which has required two operations – one to plate the two broken bones and the second to relieve pressure build up on the nerves – Plater has since experienced some shoulder and chest pain.
A head scan this week revealed a break in his neck between the sixth and seventh vertebrae, which will require an operation.
He will undergo an operation at a specialist hospital on Wednesday to carry out a bone graft from his pelvis, then realign and plate the vertebrae from the front.
A second operation will then be carried out the week after to plate the vertebrae from the back.