Dani Pedrosa set to make return at Mugello after injury

Dani Pedrosa will make his return from a broken collarbone at next weekend's Italian MotoGP.

The Spaniard has missed the last three races with the injury and has fallen to sixth in the championship standings.

But the Repsol Honda rider will now return for the race at the Mugello circuit on Sunday.

He said: "I'm going to Italy really looking forward to getting on my bike again, to see how it feels and to compete."

Last week Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig revealed that the 25-year-old was set for a comeback after a lengthy absence.

Pedrosa broke his left collarbone last season and fractured his right collarbone in a crash with Marco Simoncelli during the French MotoGP on 15 May.

Tech 3 Yamaha duo Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow have both suffered similar injuries in recent races but have managed to return for the next grand prix.

Pedrosa's continued absence has led to speculation that he may have injured himself in a training accident but Puig insists that was not the case.

"Dani did not have an accident on a motorcycle or bicycle as was stated by some," Puig said.

"We already knew that Dani is a guy with fragile bones and that whenever he has a crash he will probably have more problems than others.

"We don't view the season as being done with, neither are we thinking about 2012 already.

"What's important is that Dani gets back to feeling comfortable on the bike, that he finds a rhythm in the second half of the season and ends the season able to win races."