Experienced jockey Glyn Schofield will visit a specialist next week with hopes of returning to the saddle as soon as possible.
The multiple Group 1 winning rider hasn’t been seen in a race riding capacity since last be legged up at Randwick on December 26.
“I aggravated some old nerve damage which was affecting my right arm,” Schofield said.
“I’d been carrying the problem for some time and masking it as sportsmen tend to do but it got to the stage where battling through it was doing me more harm than good, and it became time I got things assessed.
“They did some scans and then they did some surgery.
“They did the surgery on my C5, 6 and 7 and the nerve damage or impingement in my neck has taken a little while to repair itself.”
The problem has sidelined Schofield for more than six months but he’s hoping to be given a clearance in the coming days to build up his preparations for a return to race riding.
Glyn Schofield is set for a return to the saddle in the coming weeks. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“I have to go back to the doctor on the ninth of July and hopefully he’ll give me a clearance to start riding trackwork,” he said.
“Once I can return to riding trackwork and trials, I’ll get a better indication of how quickly I’ll be back at the races.”
Schofield is one of the elder statesmen in the Sydney riding ranks and during his time in Australia he has ridden 18 Group 1 winners having partnered some outstanding gallopers including the likes of Hay List, Boban and Alizee to feature race wins.
He said his extended break away from the race day grind has him physically and mentally ready to return to what he still has a genuine passion for.
“I’m so free now compared to how it was when I did it,” he said.
“The break has given me a great opportunity to recharge the batteries and get out there and ride again.
“The body feels the best it’s felt for a long time.”
Originally published asGlyn Schofield: Where has he been?
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