Super Swede out for 12 weeks with neck injuries after Danish fall
Sweden: Scandinavia’s top jockey Per-Anders Graberg expects to be back riding in the new year as he recovers after suffering serious injuries in a fall at Danish track Odense on September 12.
Graberg, 46, is a five-time winner of Scandinavia’s foremost race, the Stockholm Cup. The Super Swede, who rode a winner at Ascot in the Shergar Cup in 2018, has returned home to Stockholm after neck surgery, having injured vertebrae.
“The spinal cord is okay and I can move,” Graberg told Svensk Galopp. “I have a neck collar on me but they may need to operate on a plate to stabilise the injury.”
Graberg, who is now allowed to walk his dogs, expects to be back riding work in about 12 weeks. Despite the serious nature of the injury, he is counting his lucky stars it wasn’t any worse.
“They scraped away everything that was broken between the vertebrae C5 and C6, which turned out to be everything except the bone marrow,” he explained.
“It was incredible luck that the bone marrow survived – we’re talking about millimetres – as there would have been a risk of nerve problems or even paralysis. I was really lucky that the bone marrow was unaffected.
“It will take as long as it takes. This season is over so it will be natural to start riding races again in the spring. But before that, there will be rehab and then work-riding.”
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