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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

'Black and blue' Treadwell suffers arm injuries in Cheltenham fall

Liam Treadwell suffered a heavy fall at Cheltenham on Saturday
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Grand National-winning rider Liam Treadwell faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his left shoulder, damaging his collarbone and suffering a possible injury to his humerus in a fall at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, who shot to prominence when partnering 100-1 shot Mon Mome to Grand National glory in 2009, sustained the injuries when Lady Karina, his mount in the mares' handicap hurdle, fell at the sixth flight when tracking the leaders.

Treadwell, who was released from hospital on Saturday night, said on Sunday: "I spent the evening in Gloucester hospital on morphine and plenty of drugs.

"The last thing I remember was them saying I had broken my left shoulder and damaged my upper collarbone. But because there's so much swelling down my arm they are also a bit worried about my humerus. I'll go to a specialist next week and see whether it needs operating on.

"I've got a sling on but they couldn't do any more there because from my shoulder to my elbow there was a massive haematoma – they can't assess it properly until that goes down. I'm on painkillers and anti-inflammatories."

Liam Treadwell on Grand National winner Mon Mome

Treadwell has experienced his share of bad luck with injury and missed a significant chunk of 2016 after being stood down with cumulative concussions. He recently featured in a video for the Jockeys Education & Training Scheme highlighting the dangers of concussion and the treatment available to jockeys.

While he did not suffer a head injury in this incident and was conscious the whole time, Treadwell is aware of the need to allow time for recovery, and he will not be rushing back into the saddle prematurely.

"I'll be making sure I'm 100 per cent fit and well before coming back. If you come back from injury and you're not 100 per cent you are always trying to guard it and you can go back to square one if you're not careful," Treadwell said. 

"I'll be taking it very easy and resting for the next week or so and then look to the rehab."

He added: "It's frustrating, and the last thing I want to be doing is be sat on the sofa twiddling my thumbs, but injuries are part of the business.

"I'm black and blue across the top half of my body so it's a case of letting that settle down before making any plans."

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I'll be making sure I'm 100 per cent fit and well before coming back. I'll be taking it very easy and resting for the next week or so
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