Jason Maguire expects to make a decision “soon” regarding his return to the saddle.
Grand National-winner Maguire has been out of action for nearly a year and his return is not imminent just yet.
While he is able to ride out and has done for a while, he is still getting trouble from his sciatic nerve in his back, which affects his leg.
Maguire underwent surgery on slipped discs in April after a February spill at Musselburgh – less than a year after recovering from life-threatening injuries following a fall at Stratford on the eve of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
Maguire returned to riding work at the end of July and had hoped to be back around September time.
“I’m still riding out. I schooled at Tom George’s this morning and Kim Bailey’s the other day. I’m 100 per cent up for trying to get back to riding but it’s not 110 per cent,” he said.
“I’m still getting problems in my right leg though and it’s to do with my back. My sciatic nerve gets trapped and makes my right leg go dead. It’s just something that’s been niggling for a while and that’s been the hold up and I need to get it sorted.
“It’s dragged on a long time and in February it will be a year.
“It’s a decision I’m going to have to make soon I suppose one way or another.”