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Lynn Stars injury worry after Niels-Kristian Iversen crash in Denmark





Lynn Stars have an early injury concern as they await further news on Danish ace Niels-Kristian Iversen after a heavy crash in his home country.

Iversen was involved in a frightening first-bend tangle with Jesper Knudsen in the first race of his national World Championship qualifying meeting at Vojens on Tuesday.

He was withdrawn from the meeting and taken to hospital with concussion, automatically ruling him out of the Stars’ two Premiership fixtures against Sheffield.

A focused Niels-Kristian Iversen. Picture: Ian Burt
A focused Niels-Kristian Iversen. Picture: Ian Burt

GB youngster Tom Brennan will step in at Owlerton tomorrow night (Thursday) whilst for the return at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday it will be former Stars number one Richard Lawson who takes the booking.

Lynn have been fortunate to bring in two in-form riders in what is often a congested fixture calendar, but operations manager Dale Allitt admits it’s hardly an ideal situation as the club look to get their regular team members up to speed.

Allitt said: “The most important thing is Niels’ health because having seen the footage it was a very unpleasant crash.

Niels-Kristian Iversen makes his way onto the track. Picture: Ian Burt
Niels-Kristian Iversen makes his way onto the track. Picture: Ian Burt

“The Danish Motor Union (DMU) have contacted us to let us know that his licence has been suspended for racing in the UK and Poland, which is in line with the concussion protocols.

“He will have to satisfy the various medical requirements before he’s able to race again, so all we can do in the short term is monitor things on a match-by-match basis.

“We got Tom and Richard quickly for the Sheffield meetings and we’ll assess it over the weekend ahead of the match at Oxford next Thursday.

“It’s not what we wanted to happen at this stage, but hopefully Niels won’t be out for too long.”

Meanwhile two recent Stars riders have been involved in the first piece of transfer activity in the Premiership this season.

Danish star Nicolai Klindt, who captained Lynn last summer until being injured in Poland, has been surprisingly axed by Oxford and replaced by Stars asset Erik Riss.

Klindt had struggled to hit top form in the early weeks of the campaign but he admits he wasn’t expecting the call, and his availability may be an attraction for other clubs.

He said: “It came totally out of the blue, I didn’t expect it all. I had just spoken to the club the day before about my form, which I knew wasn’t close to what anyone expected, but I was making changes for the next home meeting to try and solve the issues I have had.

“We are currently top of the league and won three out of four meetings, so I found it very difficult to understand why the club would drop me already.

“Now I get some time to get some things in order that another club ring, which I believe will happen when the averages change in May.”

SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Kyle Howarth, Chris Holder, Josh Pickering, Tai Woffinden, Jason Edwards, Dan Gilkes.

KING’S LYNN: Tobiasz Musielak, Tom Brennan, Michael Palm Toft, Benjamin Basso, Vadim Tarasenko, Patryk Wojdylo, Anders Rowe.



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