SPEEDWAY: Champ Woffinden's GP hopes in the balance

TAI Woffinden’s chances of racing in Saturday’s Nordic FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Denmark are hanging in the balance.The reigning world champion has been having daily treatment on his left hand at Aldridge-based sports injury specialist Steve Williams.

And Wolverhampton star Woffinden has revealed the main problem is subluxed metacarpal joints - the medical term for knuckles that have moved.

He hasn’t raced for almost three weeks after a horrifying crash in an Elite League match at Eastbourne when he demolished three fence panels.

And he said: “I literally couldn’t have done anything more and if I don’t make it in Vojens on Saturday then at least I can look in the mirror and know I have given it my best.“The focus of attention has moved away from the fractures because they’re not the main problem for me, we have to deal with the third and fourth knuckle on the left hand.

“I’ve been having daily treatment, I’ve been eating properly and I’ve still been going to the gym on a regular basis and putting some hard work in on the lower part of my body.“I will say that I need to see how I am on Friday whether I practice or not and whether I feel I can ride in the meeting. It’s all about whether the pain is manageable and also whether I feel I can control the bike without being a danger to myself and the other guys.

“Of course I’m desperate to get back racing and I want to ride in Vojens, but I think people know me well enough now to trust me to make the right call on this.“I’ve been having all sorts of treatment and I feel good in myself, but it’s all about whether I can control the clutch and whether I can ride the bike well enough over four laps of a speedway race.”

Woffinden trails current world championship leader, the legendary Greg Hancock, by 14-points with three rounds remaining.

But Hancock himself is also suffering with a hand injury sustained in the previous round almost a fortnight ago in Gorzow.Meanwhile Woffinden’s stage appearance in Wolverhampton next month is selling fast with less than 90 tickets remaining.

He will be at the Cleveland Arms, Stowheath Lane WV1 2QN on Sunday, October 19. Tickets priced £6 or two for £10 are available on 01902 451021 or clevelandarms.com – and a donation from the evening will be made to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.


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