Sean Flanagan out for six weeks with fractured tibia
Sean Flanagan faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his tibia at Tramore on Sunday but Noel Meade's stable jockey says the injury could have been so much worse only for the new back protectors which Irish riders are now wearing.
Flanagan took a crashing fall from Icelip at the second-last in the 2m handicap chase at Tramore and the horse proceeded to roll over him after the tumble, forcing him to miss next month's harvest festival at Listowel.
Flanagan said: "Unfortunately I have a small fracture at the top of my tibia on my left leg. After I came down the horse rolled over and landed on top of me. For the first few seconds I was in excruciating pain but that wore off and I actually walked away.
"I went to see Paddy Kenny [surgeon] this morning and he told me I will be out of action for four to six weeks. I have to call back to him again in two weeks. It looks like I will miss Listowel, which is a pity, but I was very lucky really.
Flanagan added: "The new back protectors we are wearing are amazing. I am black and blue everywhere on my body apart from where the back protectors cover. From my hips down, I am literally black and blue. They are some job."
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