Apprentice jockey Mpumelelo Mjoka is expected to be out of action for a very lengthy period following a fall during training at Randjesfontein training centre last week.
Mjoka came off his mount on Wednesday morning and hit a steel barrier rail.
He was taken to the Sunninghill Hospital where he was diagnosed as not only having dislocated his knee but also having suffered a lot of nerve damage. The 21-year-old had to have two operations to correct the problem and at one stage there was a thought that the injury could be career threatening.
However, after the second operation, the doctors were able to save his leg and it looks as if we will see Mjoka back in the irons. But he could be out for as long as two years.
Mjoka often rides for Mike de Kock’s stable and on his website, mikedekockracing.com, the former champion trainer called for the rails at Randjesfontein to be replaced with plastic ones.
Speaking about the injury, De Kock added: “Mpume is a positive young man, which will help with his recovery, but he’ll be out for a long time and it’s a blow to his career.”