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Doctors to decide whether Greene will need surgery.

Byline: Graham Green

DOCTORS were last night assessing whether Rodi Greene would need surgery on the neck injury he suffered at Lingfield on Monday.

Earlier the veteran jockey underwent an MRI scan at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where his wife Alison described him as being in "fairly good spirits" despite being unconscious for lengthy periods.

Greene dislodged a bone in his neck when unseated by Diamond Twister at the first flight of the maiden hurdle which has left him unable to lift his right arm although all the other limbs have movement.

It had been expected that the 41-year-old would be moved to St George's Hospital in Tooting on Monday evening, but that plan was shelved until the decision was made on whether an operation was necessary.

Alison Greene, who travelled to the hospital from the couple's West Country home yesterday morning, said: "We will know when the doctors get the results of the scan.

"At the moment Rodi is flat on his back with his head in a cage. He's on a drip, he can't eat or drink, and I've been moisturising and rubbing his legs because everything's gone numb as he's been in bed 24 hours now.

"He's in fairly good spirits but keeps drifting in and out of consciousness because the painkillers they are giving him are incredibly strong."

She added: "He can't move his right arm, but he can feel that I am rubbing his hand and fingers. What the doctors are worried about is the nerve trapped by the dislodged bone in his neck."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2011
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