Friday 25 May 2018

'I had a good chat with Stephen' - Ruby Walsh reaches out to injured Dundalk captain after leg break

4 May 2018; Dundalk captain Stephen O'Donnell signals to the team bench after being injured during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford and Dundalk at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
4 May 2018; Dundalk captain Stephen O'Donnell signals to the team bench after being injured during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford and Dundalk at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Legendary jockey Ruby Walsh has revealed how he reached out to Dundalk footballer Stephen O'Donnell to offer advice on how to deal with a broken leg.

Walsh is no stranger to the nasty injury, suffering a leg break both before Christmas and during his Cheltenham comeback in March. The Dundalk captain suffering a fractured tibia earlier this month, and the jockey gave him call to boost his spirits.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Walsh explained how the call came about and revealed some of the conversation they shared.

"A friend of mine asked me to give him a ring," Walsh said.

"He said he was a racing fan and that he’d suffered a pretty bad leg break, and look I know I’ve had plenty of hassle with leg breaks but I don’t have to run. Obviously for a footballer it’s even more disappointing, especially with the way the League of Ireland is now and the fact that the campaign is in full flow.

"But I had a good chat with Stephen. I guess it’s always nice to talk to someone who’s been in a similar position and can explain to you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. But a broken leg is such a common thing with jockeys."

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