Bad break for Hammers

PUBLISHED: 08:35 16 August 2011

Kim Nilsson and Piotr Swiderski (Rob Newell/TGSPhoto)

Kim Nilsson and Piotr Swiderski (Rob Newell/TGSPhoto)

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Swiderski sidelined after crash

Lakeside Hammers announced last night that Polish rider Piotr Swiderski will miss the rest of the Elite League season with a broken leg.

Swiderski crashed in his homeland on Sunday and joins Adam Shields and Stuart Robson on the sidelines, with Hammers chasing play-off and cup final places.

The Purfleet club are due to host play-off rivals Peterborough on Friday and co-promoter Jon Cook said: “Firstly, we wish Piotr a speedy recovery.

“He has been excellent for us and in the last two weeks, with the added pressure of play-offs in his homeland, he has travelled over late to our meetings and shown great commitment when here, with no suggestion of going through the motions like some riders.

“I will be talking to his parent club this week as we would definitely offer him a contract for next season as things stand.”

For the time being, Hammers need to replace Swiderski in their line-up and Swindon’s young Danish rider Nicolai Klindt is set to guest against the Panthers.

Wolverhampton’s Ty Proctor is already lined up to fill in for Peter Ljung, who races in the Grand Prix Challenge, and Kauko Nieminen returns after Premier League commitments with Leicester.

Cook added: “We’ve now lost three of our top four riders in the averages and it gives us a mountain to climb.

“Our first priority is to make sure we are competitive for Friday’s match against Peterborough and from there we will be going back to the riders we have been talking to and chasing for much of the time since Adam’s injury.

“We would hope to have at least one, if not two new riders in place for our home match against Birmingham on August 26. The cut-off date for signings is not until September 15, so we have room to manoeuvre and hope to give the fans that news on Friday.”

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