The veil of secrecy surrounding the current physical condition of Marc Marquez is wrapped so tightly that there has not been so much as a glimpse inside. Honda, his manager Emilio Alzamora, his brother Alex, and the doctors who have been in charge of fixing his right humerus have given little indication of his progress from the Spanish Grand Prix crash that curtailed his 2020 MotoGP season in July.
Such vague signs leave little room for optimism, with Marquez having already missed an entire year's racing and no clear indication of when he might be fit to return.
The Spanish sports daily newspaper Mundo Deportivo broke the story more than a month ago that the six-time world champion was considering the possibility of a third operation, with his current rehabilitation programme not producing the required results. According to HRC Team Manager Alberto Puig, who spoke last weekend in Portugal, Marquez will make a decision on possible surgery very soon.