Chris Froome back in hospital after accident with a kitchen knife

Chris Froome has landed himself back in hospital after cutting his thumb on a kitchen knife.

The four-time Tour de France winner required surgery on Friday night to repair the tendon in his left thumb.

Froome has already spent time in intensive care this year after suffering a catalogue of injuries in a horror crash during a recon ride at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

The latest injury is far less serious and the 34-year-old was able to see the funny side in a social media post.

"Stupidly cut my thumb with a kitchen knife and had to have surgery to put the tendon back together last night," the Team Ineos rider wrote on Instagram.

"Stuck giving a thumbs up for a couple of weeks. This is not my year. Can't wait for 2020″‬.

Froome had only returned to riding a bike at the end of August following his crash in June, doing a couple of short track sessions as he continues what promises to be a lengthy rehabilitation.

His June crash left him with a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs, instantly ending his season.

Froome has set himself a target of returning to full fitness in time for the 2020 Tour de France, where he wants to target what would be a record-equalling fifth title.

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Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins (centre) poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial, with second placed Germany's Tony Martin and third placed Great Britain's Chris Froome (right) on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London.
Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins (centre) poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial, with second placed Germany's Tony Martin and third placed Great Britain's Chris Froome (right) on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London.
Team Sky riders Bradley Wiggins (left) and Chris Froome during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca.
Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain (yellow) celebrates with team mates as he crosses the line to win the 2013 Tour de France in Paris, France.
Team Sky's Chris Froome, of Great Britain, in the centre of the peloton as it makes its way along the Champs Elysees during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, France.
Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain celebrates on the podium after winning The 2013 Tour de France in Paris, France.
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Team Sky's Chris Froome celebrates winning the 2015 Tour de France after Stage Twenty One of the 2015 Tour de France between Sevres and Paris Champs-Elysees.
Team Sky's Chris Froome celebrates winning the 2015 Tour de France during Stage Twenty One of the 2015 Tour de France between Sevres and Paris Champs-Elysees.
Double Tour de France winning cyclist Chris Froome receives an OBE from the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
Double Tour de France winning cyclist Chris Froome after he received an OBE from the Duke of Cambridge at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
Great Britain's Chris Froome with his bronze medal from the men's road cyling individual time trials on the fifth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.
Great Britain's Chris Froome competes in the men's road cyling individual time trials on the fifth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.
Team Sky's Chris Froome celebrates as he collects the yellow jersey for winning the Tour De France, alongside second place Romain Bardet (left) and third place Nairo Quintana (right) on the podium after stage 21 of the 2016 Tour de France in Paris, France.
Team Sky's Chris Froome celebrates victory with his son Kellan (left) and wife Michelle (right) after stage 21 of the Tour de France in Paris, France.
Team Sky's Geraint Thomas (right) and Chris Froome during a press conference. Picture date: Monday July 23, 2018. See PA story CYCLING Tour. Photo credit should read: Ian Parker/PA Wire
Team INEOS' Chris Froome during the Team INEOS launch at The Fountaine Free in Linton, Yorkshire.
Chris Froome during a press conference to launch Team INEOS at The Fountaine Free in Linton, Yorkshire.
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Chris Froome of Team Ineos ahead of stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire.
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