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Cooper still sure of return by Christmas.

CHAMPION conditional Bryan Cooper did not get the news he hoped for when getting a checkup on his injured wrist yesterday, but stressed he was still "99 per cent sure" he would be back in the saddle for the busy Christmas period, writes Jessica Lamb.

Cooper broke his right wrist in a fall at Fairyhouse two weeks ago and was hoping to have his cast removed when seeing Dr Paddy Kenny at Blanchardstown Hospital yesterday.

He said: "It felt really good and I actually thought I'd get passed for this weekend, but the x-ray shows no difference from two weeks ago.

"It hasn't healed well and I've to go back again in another two weeks."

That will leave the 19-year-old precious little time to prepare for potential big rides at the Christmas festivals, which begin on December 26.

He added: "I'm still going to the gym and doing plenty on the treadmill and I have a stress ball to squeeze away on, which will keep that right arm going.

"It'll be fairly tight, but I'm confident I'll be back."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2011
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