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Serious injury Galway politician Ciaran Cannon undergoes knee surgery after he is knocked off his bike

'I’ve been cycling for 40 years and this is the first time I’ve been hit'

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Ciaran Cannon posted this picture on Twitter from his hospital bed

Ciaran Cannon posted this picture on Twitter from his hospital bed

Ciaran Cannon posted this picture on Twitter from his hospital bed

Galway politician Ciaran Cannon has revealed how he has undergone surgery for a “serious enough injury” to part of his knee after he was knocked off his bike on his way to a charity cycle in Clifden.

Just a few weeks after he cycled the length of the country in under 24 hours, the Fine Gael TD was hit by a SUV last Friday evening in Moycullen.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Deputy Cannon revealed that he had surgery for a tibial plateau fracture, a part of the knee that supports the shin.

“I’ve been cycling for 40 years and this is the first time I’ve been hit,” he told the Connacht Tribune.

"It was inevitable I suppose, the odds are against you that you’re going to be knocked over at some stage. He didn’t even see me. The next thing I was on his bonnet.”

Although the bike emerged unscathed, the former minister of state in education and foreign affairs and the current Fine Gael spokesperson on arts, culture and media, faces a long period of rehabilitation.

“It’s a serious enough injury,” he added. “ I can’t put weight on it for three months. It’s in a special brace so that I can keep the muscles moving and keep the joint flexible. Cycling is actually very good for it. They feel because I cycle already it will make the rehabilitation easier.”

Earlier the cycling politician had taken to Twitter to share how a “SUV driver collided with me last evening. Serious knee fracture, just out of surgery, long road of rehab ahead.

“He didn’t see me, came out of nowhere, focused on other cars, saw a gap, went for it, hit me. Those of us on bikes are here too, will we always be invisible?”

Later ,he added: “Deeply grateful to the fire crew who took care of me on the road, to the incredible ambulance crew who got me to UHG, and to all of the nurses and doctors who are a credit to their profession. I’ve experienced nothing but kindness and absolute professionalism here. Now to recover."

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