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Ruby Walsh: fractured humerus in fall from Abbyssial

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Walsh allowed to return home following injury

RUBY WALSH was allowed to fly home to Ireland on Saturday but will miss the Fairyhouse, Aintree and Punchestown festivals after sustaining a compound fracture of his right humerus - the bone in the upper arm - after parting company with Abbyssial at the second flight in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday.

The injury was one of a number to blight the festival, with Bryan Cooper and Daryl Jacob among those suffering injuries that, like Walsh, will keep them on the sidelines for some time.

"Ruby will be delighted to get back home and I spoke to his wife Gillian on Saturday morning and she seemed happy with him," said Dr Adrian McGoldrick, senior medical officer to the Turf Club.

There were also scares for Paul Townend and Mark Walsh but McGoldrick revealed: "Paul's shoulder was very tender and he'll have a precautionary x-ray but I'm hopeful that he'll be fine.

"Mark was stretchered off the track following his fall in the Grand Annual, but he rode at Uttoxeter today and sounds in great form."

McGoldrick added: "It was a tough week but the medical team at Cheltenham were absolutely phenomenal."

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