Thornton set for February return

Robert Thornton is hoping to return to action in February as he continues his recovery from the fractured arm he suffered in a fall last month.

The rider will see a specialist on February 2 and is hoping to get the all clear to return to work for Alan King. Consultant Richard Keys had told him he could expect to be out of action for three months after he operated on the jockey three days after his fall but Thornton is attempting to make an earlier comeback

“I’m aiming to be back in the first week in February,” Thornton said on Thursday. “I’m strong enough and fit enough now, it is just whether they will let me.”

“I’ll go back to see Mr Keys at the Manor Hospital in Oxford on the second with a view to getting back as soon as possible.”

“I’m feeling very good and very happy with it,” added Thornton. “I would like to be back riding now but they won’t let me.”

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