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Tony McCoy: "I am on the mend, but it is a slow process"

McCoy out of action for at least another week

CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy has revealed he will be out of action for at least another week as a result of a heavy fall at Taunton on December 30.

McCoy fractured ribs and bruised his lungs when unseated from favouriteLaudatory in a handicap hurdle and, although feeling much better, has been advised to remain on the easy list for the immediate future.

"The good news is that I am on the mend. The bad news is that it is a slow process and I have got at least another week of sitting on the sofa every afternoon, watching my mates have all the fun," McCoy told the Daily Telegraph on Saturday.

"The doctor told me to rest and that is exactly what I have been doing, hard though it is. I have broken ribs before, but the fall at Taunton seemed particularly hard.

"I am not in so much pain now and feel a lot better in myself. I went for a scan on Thursday and the doctor said he was very happy with what he saw.

"I thought my lung might have been damaged, but the scan was clear and everything is fine."

Robert Thornton, who has been on the sidelines since breaking his right arm at Hereford in December, had positive news of his recovery on Saturday as he nears a return to the saddle.

Alan King's stable jockey told his Twitter followers: "Thanks for all the enquiries about the arm. The latest is it's coming along nicely. Full movement back and lifting the odd weight! I see the surgeon again on the 11th and will know more then."

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