King’s Lynn Stars skipper Rory Schlein has announced he will return to racing next year.
The 31-year-old Australian, who suffered a season-ending spine injury in Poland nearly four months ago, has taken to Twitter to update his recovery.
He said: “I’m hoping to make a joint leap forward in my road back to racing. We hit a stumbling block last week but when one door closes another opens.
“It’s almost four months since the injury so still need a tad more time of TLC and fingers crossed and hard work I’ll be back next year racing.
“For next year, I’ve met a new back specialist who I hope will get me back on track. I will update more soon, 2016 come get some. #DW43 inspiration.”
#DW43 was a reference to fellow Aussie Darcy Ward, who also crashed out with serious injury in Poland recently.
Schlein needed a six-hour operation after fracturing two parts of his spine. After beginning rehabiliation he has been helping in the Lynn pits.
The Coventry-based rider no longer needs a neck brace and previously told the Lynn News he was beginning light exercises such as cycling and swimming.
The Stars have received a double boost during the past week. Lewis Kerr, whose season was also ended by injury, made his first appearance at the Adrian Flux Arena track last week since crashing in Newcastle colours last month.
The 25-year-old was made stand-in captain for Lynn’s final Elite League meeting when they beat play-off side Swindon. Heacham ace Kerr also plans to ride in 2016.
The twin injuries were huge factors in Lynn just missing the title-deciding play-offs.