The Lakeside Hammers have been hit by another injury blow ahead of tonight’s meeting at Coventry with their No.1, Lee Richardson, ruled out with a knee injury sustained in Sweden on Tuesday evening.
The England International aggravated his longstanding knee problem early in the meeting and has flown out to see a specialist in Poland to have a new brace fitted in the hope of returning to action quickly.
The injury completes a miserable week for Richardson who failed to qualify for the Grand Prix Challenge Final last weekend and struggled with the injury to score just seven points from five rides in Sweden on Tuesday.
The Hammers will need to change their line up for this evening’s match at Coventry as they are already without broken cheekbone victim Jonas Davidsson, who hopes to return to action in Sweden next Tuesday, and will now include former Coventry rider Rory Schlein as a guest.
The Hammers Team Manager, Jon Cook, commented on this latest injury problem by stating: “It’s a blow to now be without Lee as well as JD but in both cases we expect the riders to return to action for our next home meeting, which takes place at our Raceway on Friday 16th July against Belle Vue.
The only saving grace for this whole situation is that we have had so few home meetings during this injury spell. Our list of injured riders also included Daniel Davidsson but he has, happily, declared himself fit to race tonight.”
The Hammers line up at Coventry is now expected to be: 1. Rider Replacement for Lee Richardson, 2. Kauko Nieminen, 3. Daniel Davidsson, 4. Rory Schlein, (guest for Jonas Davidsson) 5. Adam Shields, 6. Paul Hurry, 7. Stuart Robson.