Nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident, seven time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is finally returning home. But he still has a long road to recovery.

The official statement from Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, reports that the champ is finally ready to return and continue his rehabilitation at home:

Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work. We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculation about his state of health are avoided.

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What can we take from this? Michael is going home. This is a positive step in his very long and arduous recovery. However, Sabine says that there is still a long road ahead. The return home does not mean Michael is fine. It means he's reached a point where care and rehabilitation can continue outside a hospital environment.

Best wishes to Michael to continue recovering.