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Powell and Thornton recovering from injuries

Jockey Brendan Powell, Jr. hopes to return to action after sitting out the mandatory 21 days after being knocked unconscious at Southwell on Sunday.
Jockey Brendan Powell, Jr. hopes to return to action after sitting out the mandatory 21 days after being knocked unconscious at Southwell on Sunday.
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Jockey Brendan Powell, Jr. hopes to return to action after sitting out the mandatory 21 days after being knocked unconscious at Southwell on Sunday. Powell lost consciousness when he fell from The Lemonpie in the Mansfield Jobs today.co.uk Handicap Chase. He was subsequently rushed to Queen's Medical Centre. Soon after, doctors gave the go-ahead for Powell to get back to horseracing.

His father, trainer Brendan Powell, Sr. said: “He's still got a bit of a headache but there's nothing wrong with him to speak of. We just need to find out how long he has to sit out, then I think they have a test after they've been knocked unconscious and he'll be back after that.”

Powell wasn’t the one who sustained horseracing injuries on Sunday. Andrew Thornton suffered a knee injury at Southwell and is currently awaiting an all-clear by medical personnel. Thornton left the jump course in a wheelchair.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey fell from Robbie in the final jump of the Mansfield Chad Handicap Hurdle. “I'm not too bad. I'm just waiting to get fixed with who I need to see, whether it's an A&E job or whatever,” said Thornton. “It's a problem with my knee but I've no idea exactly what. It's all strapped up at present so it can't go anywhere.”