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ROAD TO RECOVERY: Michael Schumacher will have a lengthy period of recovery ahead as he 'wakes' from his near six-month coma. Image: AFP

MUNICH, Germany - One of Michael Schumacher's sponsors is reported to be about to end its deal with the injured F1 legend.

For years advertising campaigns for mineral-water brand Rosbacher have featured a bare-chested Schumacher in various sporting poses.

Earlier in 2014 - when the Formula 1 legend was still in intensive care after being injured in a December 2013 skiing fall - parent company Hassia Gruppe's chief Dirk Hinkel said would continue to back Schumacher.

DEAL TO END?

Hinkel said back then: "We remain committed to him and his family and send him our best wishes."

He added that the more than eight-year collaboration with Schumacher had led to "a much higher awareness" of the Rosbacher brand but Swiss Sunday newspaper Sonntagsblick has reported that Hinkel has apparently had a change of heart.

Just as it emerges that Schumacher has left intensive care in France and is now in a Swiss rehabilitation hospital, the report claimed the great 45-year-old's Rosbacher contract would not extend beyond 2014.
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