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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Walsh on course to return to saddle within next fortnight


Ruby Walsh Photo: Sportsfile
Ruby Walsh Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Ruby Walsh is "pain-free" and expects to return to the saddle within two weeks as he times his comeback to perfection ahead of next month's Cheltenham Festival.

Walsh - leading jockey in nine of the last 10 Festivals - hopes to have at least 10 days of race riding under his belt before Cheltenham as he continues his recuperation from a broken leg.

"If it's not the weekend of the 24th, hopefully it'll be the weekend after. I could even be riding out by the end of next week. Things are going well; I just need to be patient and not do myself any damage," Walsh told Paddy Power News.

"There's no real pain, but things can't be rushed. I'm happy with the progress, although as a natural optimist I'd have preferred it to be quicker. Once the doctors and physiotherapists are happy, that's good enough for me."

Irish Independent

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