Eastbourne Eagles number-one rider Joonas Kylmakorpi is expected to make a speedy recovery following his horror smash in King’s Lynn last week.
Kylmakorpi broke his collar bone and injured his neck after a hefty collision with Stars’ rider Daniel Nermark on the first bend of the first heat during Eastbourne’s heavy defeat at the Norfolk Arena.
Three ambulance crews were on the track as the Finn received treatment for more than 30 minutes before he was rushed to hospital.
The 22-year-old has flown to Spain where he will undergo an operation to pin his collar bone back into place.
He will then embark on a period of rehabilitation physiotherapy and hopes to be back in Eagles’ kevlars and on the Shale in less than a month.
Eagles Boss Trevor Geer said, “It was a worrying time.
“Joonas received treatment on the track for quite some time. Thankfully the injuries were not as bad as we first feared.”
Eagles top scorer Lewis Bridger said, “Joonas is a loss in the dressing as he is good to have around.
“He hopes to be back in a couple of weeks.”
Former Eagles favourite Davey Watt was drafted into the number-one slot for the home meet against King’s Lynn.
But with all the clubs in action on Bank Holiday Friday, the Eagles are unable to use the rider replacement facility.
He said the injured Joonas Kylmakorpi hoped to be back in action in a month’s time.
“We did look at bringing someone else in but by the time they got used to the track Joonas would be back.
“The team will rise to the challenge,
“I’m sure. Every one of them is eligible to take a ride,” said Geer.