King’s Lynn Stars skipper Schlein injury before champion clash

Speedway Rory Schlein Testimonial ANL-150316-084828009
Speedway Rory Schlein Testimonial ANL-150316-084828009

The King’s Lynn Stars have injury worries for Thursday’s home speedway meeting versus Elite League champions Poole.

Heacham reserve Lewis Kerr is poised to return after nursing a hip injury but there were concerns over Stars skipper Rory Schlein who underwent major surgery at the weekend after a crash during a meeting in Poland.

King's Lynn Select Stars home to Zielona Gora. Pensive moment for Lewis Kerr. ANL-140320-091315002

King's Lynn Select Stars home to Zielona Gora. Pensive moment for Lewis Kerr. ANL-140320-091315002

The 30-year-old popular Australian, who joined the Stars three years ago, was riding for Polish side Orzel Lodz when he was hit by team mate Kamil Adamczewski in the opening heat of their 50-40 defeat at Lokomotiv Daugavpils.

Schlein was taken to hospital soon after the crash and underwent a six-hour operation on his spine on Sunday night, which was a success.

The Stars rode last night at leaders Coventry but they were without Schlein and also fellow heat leader Kenneth Bjerre, who suffered a hand injury in Poland on Sunday.

Michael Palm Toft rode in place of Schlein with rider replacement being operated at number five.

Everyone at Lynn Speedway wishes both riders a quick recovery.

Meanwhile, Kerr is aiming to come back from injury against Poole at the Adrian Flux Arena. The 25-year-old missed the trip to Coventry.

Heacham racer Kerr’s place at Coventry was taken by British Championship finalist Adam Roynon. Robert Lambert appears to have shrugged off a hip injury which forced him out of the British Championship semi on his home track.

Kerr sustained the injury riding for his Premier League side Newcastle.

He said of missing the British semi: “If I had ridden and fallen on it again it could have put me out for the season. So I had a few days off and thought if I can just get myself fit, and hopefully come back for Poole.

“I fell off at home to Ipswich then I fell on it again against Edinburgh.”

The pain was so bad that the Team GB squad member had to go to ‘A & E’ at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

He added that after treatment the hip feels better: “I had physio on it on Thursday and it’s a bit sore from that, and I’m hoping to come back this week.

“The physio is probably done now, so I will just have to get ready for this meeting.”

Kerr recognised he is playing a waiting game with no further treatment to be done, adding: “It is pretty much that, yes. It’s just annoying more than anything.”

Kerr realised it was up to him and reserve partner Ashley Morris to maximise their points potential: “I know their reserves quite well. It’ll be tough. Kyle Newman is good and Paul Starke is a good second reserve, so we need to stop them.”