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Irish jockey Bryan Cooper set for lengthy layoff after fracturing his pelvis

Cooper has suffered a lot of injuries in 2016.

Bryan Cooper aboard Petit Mouchoir during The Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas festival.
Bryan Cooper aboard Petit Mouchoir during The Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas festival.
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IRISH JOCKEY BRYAN Cooper is set to be out of action for the first two months of 2017 after suffering a fractured pelvis at Punchestown yesterday.

Cooper was unseated from Arkwrisht after an award jump during the opening beginners chase which saw him land on his back.

He was taken to hospital where it was initially thought he had escaped injury, but writing in the 32 Red.com blog today, he revealed that his condition is more serious.

“When I had my fall at Punchestown yesterday, I felt sore, but I didn’t think it was much more than that when I walked into the ambulance.

“I didn’t feel that bad at the time, and I thought it was just a bang on a leg that I had broken before, and on my lower back.

“But the doctors at the course were keen to send me for an X-ray – so well done to them – and it was not a nice thing to find out last night that I had actually fractured my pelvis.

He added that he will be seen by his specialist on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for the next six to eight weeks.

“But I will know more on Friday, and hopefully I will be able to start my rehab straight afterwards.

“I should be out of hospital later today.”

Cooper, who claimed the Leopardstown’s Ryanair Hurdle during the week, has been rocked by injuries in the past. In March of 2016, he managed to dodge a serious injury when he collided with a horse after a fall in Limerick.

He was also absent in August as a result of a lacerated liver and a collapsed lung, which was followed by a broken arm in October.
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