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Barry Geraghty says he's ready for Aintree Grand National - five weeks after breaking six ribs

The jockey has been on the sidelines since the end of February following a nasty fall.

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IRISH JOCKEY BARRY Geraghty is set to make his return from injury just in time for next week’s Aintree Grand National.

The 37-year-old has been on the sidelines since late February, as he suffered six broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a fall at Kempton.

As a result, he missed Cheltenham. The Meath man has announced that he’s fit to ride after undergoing scans on Tuesday, and is hoping to be back in action this Sunday at Fairyhouse.

“I’m good to go,” he told the At The Races website. “I got the results of my scan this evening and, thankfully, everything came back clear.”

“I knew that I was fine, the lungs and the ribs have responded well. I have been working away around the place at home and I have been riding out. I rode work on Cause Of Causes on Wednesday and I’m off now to school More Of That on Friday morning. Even so, it was still a big relief to get the OK.

“It has been a long week, it has been a long wait, just waiting for the word, but it has been worth the wait.

“It was obviously a big shame to miss out on Cheltenham, but I’m delighted to get back now in time for Aintree, and to be able to look ahead to Fairyhouse and Punchestown.

“I hope to have my first rides back at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who has helped me over the last few weeks. I’m just really looking forward to getting going again!”

Geraghty won the Grand National in 2003 on Monty’s Pass.

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