Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Harry Cobden could be sidelined for up to three months with a neck injury.
Cobden, recently appointed as stable jockey to former champion trainer Paul Nicholls, fractured a vertebrae in his neck when he was unseated from Mick Thonic at Market Rasen on Friday.
“I imagine I’ll be out between two and a half to three months, not too long hopefully,” said Cobden.
“Obviously I’ve never broken my neck before so even though I was in a lot of pain I just thought it was a spasm in my neck.
“I thought I was all right but after 10-15 minutes I decided I wasn’t so I went off to hospital and they found a fractured vertebrae in my neck.
“I was thinking about driving home initially so it’s a good job I didn’t.
“The saving grace is if there’s a good time for it to happen, it is certainly now.”