Timmy Murphy to miss Cheltenham Festival
Timmy Murphy must undergo corrective surgery on his shoulder which will rule him out of next month's Cheltenham Festival
Last Updated: 19/02/14 11:37am
The Grand National-winning rider will play no part in the centrepiece of jumps racing after he suffered a dislocated shoulder for a second time in three months in January.
Murphy must now undergo corrective surgery on the troublesome injury.
The jockey's agent, Chris Broad, said: "The only light at end of the tunnel is that he is going to have an operation on the shoulder. I spoke to him on Monday and it (the shoulder) is fine, but he needs to address the problem once and for all.
"That's going to rule him out of Cheltenham, unfortunately, but he needs to get it right."
Murphy, who has secured eight winners at the Festival, suffered a recurrence of the injury in an accident at his home in Gloucestershire.
The 39-year-old first dislocated the joint at Newbury in November following an altercation with fellow jockey Dominic Elsworth, for which he was banned nine days by the British Horseracing Authority.