Timo Glock's doctor has played down the back injury that will prevent the Toyota driver from racing in Brazil this weekend.

As well as helping with the cut on his lower left leg, Johannes Peil was the doctor who diagnosed the 27-year-old with a cracked vertebra during exams at the Bad-Nauheim Sportklinic in Germany.

"Timo complained about back pain so we checked it," Peil told Germany's Bild newspaper.

He confirmed the back injury but said the fracture "will heal completely without further consequences", which is good news for Glock especially in light of his search for a new team for 2010.

Whether Glock will be fit to return in Abu Dhabi in less than three weeks is currently not known, but until then his replacement is Toyota's Japanese reserve Kamui Kobayashi.

Sceptics at Suzuka wondered whether Glock, with a heavy cold prior to Friday practice for the Japanese grand prix, might have been diagnosed with a convenient case of "Kobayashi fever".

"I just won't answer," team president John Howett hit back. "It is a stupid question and it doesn't deserve an answer."


Glock's back injury 'will heal' - doctor