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Head Injury Puts German Champ Suborics Out For Season
Also in Europe, 3-time German champion jockey Andreas Suborics "is likely to miss most of this season owing to a head injury sustained in Hong Kong," reported racingpost.com. Austrian-born Suborics, 38 (who is based in Cologne & won the German jockey title in 2002, 2004 & 2006) suffered a kick in the head when riding work at Sha Tin at the end of March & "problems arising from the incident have taken longer than expected to clear up". He explained: "At first I thought nothing of it. I even rode in races on the next couple of race days. But then I started getting bad headaches & went into hospital for a check-up. They found heavy bleeding inside the skull & I was operated on immediately. I then had to have a 2nd operation & was only allowed to fly back to Germany after a couple of weeks. I went to see my specialist in Cologne on Tuesday, but unfortunately there is still a lot of fluid still inside my skull." Suborics confirmed he will not be riding again until "September at the earliest" & noted: "At the moment I have to rest & am not allowed any strenuous activity, not even jogging. I have no problems with my weight, but obviously I am not fit & even when I am passed by the doctors, it will take some time before I am race-fit again."