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Luckless jockey Chris Meehan facing another leg operation

Published 22/11/2016

Jockey Chris Meehan hit the headlines in July when an ambulance sent to treat him reversed over his leg
Jockey Chris Meehan hit the headlines in July when an ambulance sent to treat him reversed over his leg

Jockey Chris Meehan admitted he was "heartbroken" after breaking his leg again in a trampoline accident.

The conditional rider from County Down hit the headlines in July when the ambulance sent to treat him - after a fall at Merano racecourse in Italy - reversed over his leg.

Meehan was knocked unconscious in the fall and needed 27 stitches to a gash along his jaw, but those injuries paled into insignificance when the ambulance's manoeuvre broke his leg.

The rider - whose father has worked in the ambulance service in Northern Ireland for 30 years - has spent the summer recovering from those injuries and was aiming to return to action on the Flat, spending the last few weeks riding out again.

However, a misstep on a trampoline being used as part of his training regime has seen Meehan break his leg again, with surgery now being required.

He said: "I was just doing a bit of circuit fitness work and landed on the wrong leg and it snapped in exactly the same place as before.

"When I got out of the cast two months ago, they (doctors) told me if I break my leg again it would be a straight operation.

"I'm going on Thursday morning to have X-rays and to get my cast changed over, so I'll know a lot more then.

"I'm absolutely gutted - heartbroken, to be fair."

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