Eastbourne Eagles’ reserve rider Lukas Dryml underwent surgery this week after breaking his collarbone during their home meet with the Wolverhampton Wolves last weekend.
Dryml sustained the injury before a heat had even been raced at Arlington on Saturday night, leaving the Eagles four riders short following the absences of Cameron Woodward, Denis Gizatullin and Adam Shields.
The Czech has been in good form this season, top-scoring in the Eagles’ impressive home victory over the Poole Pirates back in April.
Dryml was due to have surgery on Wednesday but will no doubt remain sidelined for a considerable length of time with the same injury that kept last year’s number one Joonas Kylmakorpi out for a good few months.
Eastbourne have confirmed they will be using the rider replacement facility to cover for Dryml in their upcoming Elite League meet with the Peterborough Panthers, with Lewis Bridger again standing in for the retired Shields.
Bridger was a key component in the Eagles’ stunning comeback against Wolves on Saturday, top-scoring with 17 points, including a third to first effort in the penultimate heat to set Eastbourne on course for a surprise victory.
Trevor Geer’s men will be hoping Bridger can provide the magic again to help them register a first away win of the season as they head north to the East of England Showground on Friday night (7:30pm start time).
The Eagles have lost each of their nine meets on the road in 2013, picking up just one bonus point against the Swindon Robins in April.