King’s Lynn Stars skipper Rory Schlein is on the road to recovery after undergoing two operations in Poland following a horror crash at Lodz on Sunday.
The Australian (30), nicknamed Rooboy, said his spine is “in line and stable” after six hours on the operating table, where screws had been inserted into the rider’s spine.
On Wednesday he tweeted: “First steps, doctors say I’m on track, had another CT scan and all eight screws doing their job. It felt weird as hell.”
Earlier Schlein had posted a photo giving the thumbs-up from his bed in Poland, saying: “Two operations later & so far, so good. Everything back in line & stable. Can’t thank (enough) all the fantastic people from Lodz.”
This was after his mother Lynette confirmed that Schlein had a screw inserted between L1 and 2 and L4 and 5 (vertebrae in the lower spine) and was now able to roll over and had feeling in his legs.
Coventry 57 Stars 33
In the absence of Schlein, Lewis Kerr and Kenneth Bjerre the Roger Warnes Transport Stars left Brandon Stadium empty handed on Bank Holiday Monday.
Kerr is nursing a hip injury, while Bjerre was out with a hand injury.
Rob Lyon’s side slipped four points behind after four races. A heat win did come in the fifth, as Robert Lambert and reserve Ashley Morris picked up a 4-2.
But the home side registered four consecutive maximum heats and took control with a 20 point lead. Lynn couldn’t close the difference between the sides and in the final four heats, fell further behind.
The meeting ended with the Stars falling to a 24 point defeat, but they did close out the meeting with a 5-1 from guest Michael Palm-Toft and Niels-Kristian Iversen.
Coventry Bees: Daniel King 11+1, Hans Andersen 10+1, Jason Garrity 10+1, Scott Nicholls (G) 7+3, Joonas Kylmakorpi 7+2, James Sarjeant 7+1, Stuart Robson 5.
Stars: Niels Kristian Iversen 13+1, Michael Palm Toft (G) 8, Robert Lambert 5+1, Adam Roynon (G) 4, Niklas Porsing 2, Ashley Morris 1, Kenneth Bjerre R/R.
n Heat leader Bjerre was also ruled out of last night’s fixture against the Poole Pirates at the Adrian Flux Arena.
After visiting the doctor on Wednesday morning, Bjerre was told the bad news.
Lyon explained: “Kenneth has been to his doctor this morning and the news is not good.
“He has burns to his hand as well as bruising and swelling.
“He had hope to return to the side, but he needs to let that hand heal.”
Former Stars rider and current Edinburgh Monarch, Sam Masters, was a guest replacement for Schlein, with rider replacement in operation for Bjerre at number 5.
Stars: 1 Iversen, 2 Lambert, 3 Masters (G), 4 Porsing, 5 r/r, 6 Morris, 7 Kerr.
Elite League table
Top four M F A Pts
Coventry 13 608 539 32
Poole 10 474 423 24
Lynn 11 507 487 23
Swindon 10 445 453 19