Ruby Walsh set to ride out this weekend

Ruby Walsh set to ride out this weekend

IRISH jockey Ruby Walsh will be riding this weekend after returning from injury.

Walsh dislocated his shoulder and fractured the top of his humerus after suffering a heavy fall off Abbyssial in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival last month.

But he said he'll be back in the saddle this weekend as he gears up for next weekend's Punchestown Festival.

"I'll be getting back on (a horse) at the weekend," Walsh told Racing UK.

"I will have to have an operation, but I won't have to have it until later in the summer. They did enough with me to get me fit enough to ride and I'll have the operation a bit further down the line.

"The doctors are happy with it and if they're happy with it, I'm more than happy."

It was believed that the all-time leading jockey at Cheltenham would miss the rest of the season, but after attending the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin last week, he is regaining full fitness sooner than anticipated.

"I thought I'd be out for quite a bit longer, so to find out then I might make Punchestown has made the time shorter than I thought it would be,” Walsh added.

"I'll be plenty fit enough."