Davy Russell 'all looking good' for injury return before Cheltenham Festival after horror fall needed bolts in head

IRONMAN Davy Russell hopes to be back in action before the Cheltenham Festival.

The Irishman has been sidelined since a horror fall in October but is now close to full fitness.

Some had warned the 41-year-old he should retire, but Russell is confident he can get back to partner superstar Envoi Allen at Cheltenham.

He suffered a broken back and needed bolts in his head to aid with his recovery after falling in the Munster National at Limerick.

He said: "It's progressing well. I went to see a specialist today and had a bit of physio – and everything is good.

"I'm waiting on a report on a scan, and it will probably be next week before I can put a date on it, but it's all looking good."

Asked whether he was hoping to get in some match practice before the Festival, he added: "That's exactly it. Hopefully I can get back a week or two beforehand."

Having been stuck at home for most of the season, Russell was delighted to be back on a racecourse for last weekend's Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

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Watching the pulsating action live only whetted his appetitive further to get back in the saddle, though.

He added: "It was unbelievable – there was some marvellous racing. It was a helluva weekend.

"I think the novice hurdles in particular were very strong, and you had horses in them that could go different directions.

"There were a lot of competitive races, and I would think there'll be plenty of winners to come out of them."

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