Chad Schofield’s return is not expected until January, but a more accurate timeline will not be known for a week, reports Racing Network.

Schofield’s manager Mark Van Triet said a “realistic” target would not be known until later next week after the 20-year-old has had time to recover.

Van Triet said Schofield was resting at home following the fall at Geelong last Sunday which left him with fractures to his lower back.

Initial reports that Schofield suffered breaks to both his upper arms proved incorrect with scans clearing him on any structural damage.

The Cox Plate winning jockey also had a splint put in his elbow following surgery on Monday to clean out a deep wound, which was also suffered in the fall.

Van Triet said the splint would remain in the elbow for a fortnight.

He said that while Schofield’s boundless enthusiasm to get back to riding as soon as possible the initial surgeon’s report was that he could need up to one month for his body to heal.

“Talking to him you would not know he’s had a fall,” Van Triet said.

“He was in good spirits, pain free, talking normally."