Mick Fitzgerald has been transferred to a hospital closer to his Oxfordshire home following his fall from L’Ami in the Grand National last Saturday (5 April).

On Sunday Mick underwent an eight-hour operation to re-align three vertebrae and two discs in his neck.

Since being arriving at the Nuffied Hospital Mick has received visits from former weighing room colleagues John Francome and Carl Llewellyn and is reported to be in good spirits.

Yesterday Jeremy Fairbanks, the orthopedic surgeon who performed surgery on Mick when he broke his neck in 2005, assessed his injury.

Dr Fairbanks will be performing a second operation on Mick this Monday — which is estimated to take four to five hours to complete.

Mick will also undergo surgery on his knee to repair severe ligament damage, which he also sustained in the fall last Saturday.

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