Hammers injury jinx strikes again
PUBLISHED: 09:15 01 August 2011
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Robson to miss Wolves trip
Lakeside Hammers have been hit by more injury woe ahead of tonight’s Elite League clash at Wolverhampton.
Stuart Robson suffered rib and lung injuries while riding for Premier League outfit Newcastle against Workington last night and is likely to be out of action for several weeks.
Piotr Swiderski returned from an ankle problem in his native Poland, meanwhile, but has told the Purfleet club he is unable to race in the midlands this evening.
Promoter Jon Cook said: “My main thoughts are with Robbo as it sounds like he had a big smash.
“I’ve been in contact with his father-in-law and my Newcastle counterpart George English and although his injuries are serious, thankfully he looks to have avoided the leg and wrist injuries first reported.
“He will need time to recover but hopefully we won’t have seen the last of him this season.
“In Piotr’s case, he rode yesterday in Poland with the help of painkillers but has informed both us and his Swedish club he is not in the position to be able to ride again so soon after racing in discomfort.
“He will be left to produce the medical documentation required by the BSPA to prevent a riding ban in the UK but obviously it’s a huge disappointment to the club as we endeavour to continue the great strides of the last few weeks, which have seen us reach a genuine position of being able to qualify for the play-offs.”
Following their 55-41 win over play-off rivals Peterborough on Friday, Hammers head to Monmore Green for another crucial encounter tonight.
Beaten 53-42 on their previous visit on May Bank Holiday, Hammers will still travel to the Midlands in high spirits.
They roared out of the blocks against the Panthers at Purfleet, racing to a 20-4 lead in the opening four heats.
The visitors hit back at Purfleet to close the gap to 13 points at the close, but recent Swedish recruit Kim Nilsson top scored at reserve with a paid 17 tally as Hammers claimed a 55-41 win.
Captain Lee Richardson was not far behind with a paid 13 score, while Robson returned to the claret and blue to offer further support with a paid 11 return.
Hammers are currently fourth with 33 points, but have raced more meetings than any other team to date.
Belle Vue are two points behind with two matches in hand; Coventry five points adrift from six meetings fewer, while Peterborough have eight matches to make up an eight-point gap as the race for a top-four spot really hots up.
Kauko Nieminen returns to the side in Robson’s absence tonight, while Ben Barker will ride as a guest for Adam Shields as Hammers use rider replacement to cover Swiderski.
Hammers: 1 Lee Richardson, 2 Peter Ljung, 3 Kauko Nieminen, 4 Rider Replacement, 5 Ben Barker, 6 Robert Mear, 7 Kim Nilsson.
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