Burke will not require surgery following fall

Jonathan Burke riding Goonyella

Jonathan Burke: in a fight to be fit for the Galway Festival

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JONATHAN BURKE will not require surgery and is set to be fitted with a brace Thursday morning but he will be out of action for around three months according to Turf Club medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick.

A CT scan revealed that Burke fractured his T6 vertabra but it is a stable fracture that does not require surgery so the 20-year-old rider, who is retained by Alan and Ann Potts, is set to be discharged from Cork University Hospital once the physio has fitted the brace on Thursday morning.

“Johnny will have the brace fitted tomorrow morning and once the physio has done that he will be let home,” McGoldrick said on Wednesday night.

“Fortunately, it is a stable fracture that does not require surgery. I would imagine he will be out for around three months. The usual recovery for an injury of that type is anywhere between two and four months. I spoke to Johnny at around 7pm and he was in good spirits.”

Burke will now be in a race against time to be fit for the Galway Festival, where one of his biggest victories arrived last year when winning the Galway Plate on Shanahan’s Turn.

Burke missed six weeks of action earlier this season with a compression fracture to his T3 and T4 vertebrae suffered in a fall at Thurles on January 28 and, on this occasion, he fractured his T6 vertebra following a fall while schooling on his father’s [Liam] gallops in Curraglass, County Cork.


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