Ruby Walsh: leading rider is set for a spell on the sidelinesPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Broken ankle for Walsh following Galway Hurdle
LEADING jockey Ruby Walsh could miss up to six weeks of racing after breaking his right ankle in a fall at Galway on Thursday.
The rider was knocked out after coming down with Drive Time at the fourth flight in the Guinness Galway Hurdle and was taken to Galway University Hospital for further examinations.
X-rays showed he had a broken right ankle and he returned home to Kildare on Thursday night to visit orthopaedic surgeon Bill Quinlan in Dublin on Friday morning.
Sister Jennifer Walsh said: "His orthopaedic surgeon confirmed that he has a fracture to the anke. It is in plaster. He will be out of action for up to six weeks."
Walsh is therefore likely to return to the saddle in time for the seven-day Listowel festival, which begins on September 17 and was the scene of his comeback from another injury last year.
Walsh missed Galway after a fall in a handicap hurdle at Killarney crushed a vertebra and tore ligaments in his neck, but was fit to return to action at Listowel in the middle of September.
A concussion forced him to miss this year's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree in April, but he has been free of major injury since the Killarney fall.