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FRANKIE DETTORI in a wheelchair

Frankie Dettori: injuries worse than first feared

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Dettori set for stint out due to broken bone 

FRANKIE DETTORI will be out of action for at least three months having undergone an operation on Friday night after it was discovered that the injuries he sustained in a fall at Nottingham on Wednesday were worse than initially believed.

Dettori was unshipped from Eland Ally leaving the paddock and was stood down for the rest of the day, having thought to have sprained an ankle. X-rays subsequently revealed a fracture and it was also found that he had broken a bone in his foot.

The jockey's business manager, Peter Burrell, said: "They had to operate last night. They have plated and inserted five screws but there is also a bone at the bottom of the foot, the talus, which was broken and was more of a concern."

It had been thought that Dettori would face two months on the sidelines but Burrell added: "The doctors think he'll need a month in plaster, a month in a boot and then it will be a month or six weeks for it to heal before he can look at coming back."

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