AP McCoy shows off latest injury – a black eye – but this time it isn’t from horse racing after a 20-year career riddled with injury
- AP McCoy is working for ITV Sport during this week at Cheltenham Festival
- McCoy is used to hard knocks after a 20-year career as a racing jockey
- The multiple champion broke about every bone in his body during his career
- But on Tuesday he showed off a black eye he sustained from playing football
It was just like the old days for AP McCoy as the record-breaking jump jockey turned up on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival sporting a black eye.
The multiple champion broke about every bone in his body during a 20-year career in the saddle – but revealed he suffered this latest injury playing football and not in the saddle.
“I was just asked to do a bit of sparring with Anthony Joshua, and he caught me one!” he initially joked when asked about the cause of the injury by his broadcast pundit colleagues.
AP McCoy showed off his latest injury on Tuesday – a black eye sustained playing football
“No, I actually did it playing football. A young lad from school, George, nutted me, turning. I should have known better, but I’m used to it. I was used to it,” McCoy told ITV Racing.
The extensive list of injures McCoy sustained during his many years riding included a broken leg, arm, ankle, both wrists, shoulder blades, collar-bones, cheekbones and all of his ribs.
McCoy arrived early on Tuesday as heavy rain fell in Cheltenham ahead of the day’s racing
He has also broken several vertebrae in his back, suffered punctured lungs and had all his teeth replaced.
McCoy, 44, retired at the end of the 2014-15 season – having won virtually every major prize in the sport, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Chase and the Grand National.