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Irish Olympic hopeful Fletcher set for surgery on broken leg

Fletcher suffered the injury at the IJF Tel Aviv Grand Slam on Saturday.

Fletcher: 'Stunned' by the response to his injury.
Fletcher: 'Stunned' by the response to his injury.
Image: Ben Fletcher/Instagram

IRISH OLYMPIC JUDO hopeful Ben Fletcher is set for surgery after breaking his leg during a tournament in Israel.

Fletcher — who is currently ranked 17th in men’s -100kg division and just outside the Tokyo qualification places — suffered the injury at the IJF Tel Aviv Grand Slam on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was transferred to Cromwell Hospital in London ahead of his planned surgery later this week.

“Yesterday in Israel I broke my leg,” Fletcher posted to Instagram on Sunday.

“However I am very happy to say that I have made it back and am back in hospital awaiting surgery.

“I have to say I am stunned by the efforts people have made to help me along with all of the messages I have received, to the point where I feel quite emotional about it. I feel so incredibly lucky and fortunate to have the support networks that I have and although breaking your leg is far from ideal, the response from people has been truly humbling!

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“So just to say thank you very much everyone who’s been there over the [past] two days, you know who you are!!”

Fletcher, whose mother Alice-Mary hails from Bruff in County Limerick, represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio before transferring allegiance to Ireland.

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