Collett could face further surgery

Alysha Collett  - Trish Dunell
Alysha Collett

Trish Dunell

A decision on whether Alysha Collett undergoes further surgery is impending as the Pukekohe jockey makes her recovery from a horrific fall in Singapore last month.

Collett has already had surgery to insert two rods and four screws in her lower back to mend a fractured lower vertabra suffered in the fall at Kranji on October 14.

Specialists in Singapore opted to put her fractured heel in a cast but medical opinion in New Zealand could yet suggest Collett has surgery to have screws inserted in her heel bone to aid her recovery, her father Richard said this week.

"She's hobbling around here at home and she's happy to be home but her heel is probably going to take the most time of her recovery," he said.

"She's going to the specialist next Wednesday for her broken heel and they may look at inserting screws.

“She's had that operation on her back to stabilise that with rods and screws but specialists in Singapore didn't think she needed screws in her heel but it's sounding like specialists here think it will help."

Collett had ridden 11 winners during a planned six-month stint in Singapore that began in May.

She had initially needed a wheelchair to help her get around after her operation but was now back on her feet.

She is likely to be off the scene for at least five months.


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