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Robbie McNamara - 'I'm great but I can't feel my legs yet'

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Robbie McNamara after a win at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival
Robbie McNamara after a win at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival

Robbie McNamara is feeling "great and optimistic" as he continues to recover from serious injuries suffered in a fall at Wexford earlier this month.

The jockey was due to partner last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree, but suffered multiple injuries when coming to grief in a fall from Bursledon in a handicap hurdle the previous day.

McNamara remains in the Mater Hospital in Dublin and despite still having no feeling in his legs, he was able to leave his bed for the first time to enjoy the sunshine on Tuesday.

Speaking in the Final Furlong Podcast, McNamara said: "I'm feeling great and I'm still optimistic. I've no feeling in my legs at the minute, but it's early days.

"My back is badly battered and bruised and there's a lot of swelling. I'd be hoping when all that swelling and bruising goes down, some of the nerve damage might repair and some feeling might come back.

"I'm very active every day. I'm doing physio already and working on balance and reflexes.

"I can't do a whole pile as I broke eight ribs and cracked six vertebrae as well, so I can't do anything very strenuous.

"There's plenty to keep you occupied, I'm enjoying my days and I'm in great spirits. I've no negative thoughts whatsoever.

"It was my first time out of the bed (on Tuesday). It was a surprise I was allowed to go outside, it went grand and it was a beautiful day for it.

"My mother and father were there and it put a smile on their faces, which is lovely to see as it hasn't been easy for them either."

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