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Scans reveal Olympic boxer has broken both his legs following attack

Published 08/04/2014 | 20:40

John Joe Nevin.
John Joe Nevin.

Irish Olympic champion John Joe Nevin has suffered a double blow, after a scan this afternoon revealed that both of his legs are broken.

His coach Brian McKeown confirmed the devastating news to Independent.ie in the last few minutes, and said that a scan carried out this afternoon revealed that the Olympic medallist’s left leg is also broken.

“It seems that there is a fracture in his left leg,” he confirmed.

“I spoke with him on the phone this afternoon and he was very positive, but he was disappointed.  He expects to be confined to a wheelchair,” he added.

John Joe Nevin had undergone an operation on his shattered right leg earlier this week.

The silver medallist’s right leg was broken in two places during a vicious attack outside his home over the weekend.

It is believed the 24-year-old was assaulted with a golf club.

The boxer underwent a three hour operation at Tullamore Hospital earlier this week, with medics working to re-set the shin bone in his right leg.

Despite the career-threatening scale of his injuries, the Mullingar native has vowed that he will return to the ring.

It is believed doctors hope to be able to release him later this week – however he will spend the next three months recovering at home.

The boxer will then travel to the U.S to begin a gruelling rehab regime in the hopes of a return to the ring.

Officers are yet to quiz Nevin about the attack, however it is thought they will interview him when he is released from hospital.

Two men were held in relation to the incident, however both were released without charge.

A file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to one of the men.

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