For more than originally anticipated, champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa will soon be.
De Sousa was injured in a fall at Chelmsford on August 23 and at one stage it seemed he could return in time for the next week’s St Leger meeting at Doncaster.
However, the Brazilian is now targeting Champions Day at Ascot next month as a comeback that is likely.
“There’s been a little bit of confusion about the extent of my trauma and once I will return riding, so I would like to clear some of that up,” he wrote in his website for Star Sports.
“I can confirm there was a small fracture to my collar bone as well as a tiny chip to a few of the bones in my lower neck.
“All of that, along with lots of bruising (my lower back is sore), means there isn’t any chance of me returning to journey at next week’s St Leger meeting.
“My aim remains to be riding in that very first week of October before Champions Day.
“I have already started the rehabilitation process and have been at Peter O’Sullevan House here in Newmarket three times already this week.
“It’s all about rebuilding the tissue and building up my power along with the hydro pool is great for that.
“I shall continue to go there every day now and hope to attempt to get back to a horse in a few weeks or so.
“In my head, I’d love to attempt to be work riding at least three weeks from now – that’s the hope anyway.”
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