The nation was shocked at the weekend when hearing that Joe Joe Nevin would be out of action for several months’ following a cowardly attack on the Irish Olympian in Mullingar.
Worse news has followed since scans now show that in fact BOTH legs have been broken.
John Joe’s coach, Cavan councillor, Brian McKeown confirmed this last night to the ‘Irish Independent’:
“It seems that there is a fracture in his left leg,” he confirmed.
“I spoke with him on the phone this afternoon and he was very positive, but he was disappointed. He expects to be confined to a wheelchair,” he added.
The boxer underwent a three hour operation in Tullamore on Monday, with medics working to re-set the shin bone in his right leg.
Despite the career-threatening scale of his injuries, the Mullingar native has vowed that he will return to the ring.
It is hoped that he may be allowed home later this week but will have to spend at least three months convalescing, much of that time confined to a wheelchair.
Green Blood Boxing had already said he will be flown to the United States at the earliest possible opportunity to begin rehab.
Two men were held in relation to the incident, however both were released without charge but it is understood that Nevin himself has yet to be interviewed.
A file is currently being prepared for the DPP in relation to one of those arrested.
Numerous messages of support have been received by Nevin via Social Media. Here is but a small selection:
Katie Taylor – So sorry to hear of the awful news @johnJoeNevin. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Keep your chin up, you’ll be back before you know it.
Michael Conlan – heard the news mate bad craic that carry on! Hope you recover quickly and get back in the ring
Paddy Barnes – I know you’ll be back better than ever, this injury won’t affect you as you don’t train anyways haha good luck!
Carl Frampton – Sorry to hear the news about @johnJoeNevin I hope the recovery goes well. All the best mate
Sonia O’Sullivan – Best wishes to @johnJoeNevin for a speedy recovery, so sad that something like this can happen to anyone in Ireland even Olympic heroes
Wayne McCullough – Big shout out to @johnJoeNevin. Get well soon mate
Ken Casey – Wanna wish my friend @johnJoeNevin a speedy recovery. Praying for you pal..you can’t keep a good man down!
Luke Campbell – I heard some bad news, I hope @johnJoeNevin gets well soon. Thinking of ya mate.
Frankie Gavin – hope everything’s ok champ an u heal up soon good luck.