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WOFFINDEN FACES MONTH OUT

World champion Tai Woffinden faces a month on the sidelines after an MRI scan revealed he suffered a broken TH4 vertebra and shoulder blade.

08 / 06 / 2019, 10:22

World champion Tai Woffinden has confirmed he faces a month on the sidelines after an MRI scan revealed he suffered a broken TH4 vertebra and shoulder blade.

Woffy crashed with Russian star Grigorii Laguta in heat one of Wroclaw’s PGE Ekstraliga trip to Lublin on Friday night and immediately withdrew from the meeting.

He was taken to Wroclaw to undergo further checks to ascertain the full extent of the damage to the neck vertebra and shoulder.

At this point I’m out for one month and we will see how much my neck has healed in that period.

Tai Woffinden

Posting on Twitter on Saturday morning, Woffinden said he will be sidelined for a month and will then assess his fitness.

It has been officially confirmed he will miss the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague next Saturday and the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik on July 6.

Woffinden tweeted: “After leaving hospital last night and making a 500km trip to Wroclaw to see the spinal specialists and a MRI scan, it’s actually TH4 that is broken along with my shoulder blade. At this point I’m out for one month and we will see how much my neck has healed in that period.”

The news comes as a blow to his hopes of retaining the world title with Woffinden currently eighth in the standings on 15 points – 13 behind top two Bartosz Zmarzlik and Patryk Dudek.

SGP second reserve Max Fricke replaces Woffinden in Prague, while the news guarantees that first reserve Robert Lambert will also appear in both Prague and Hallstavik.

We wish Tai a speedy and successful recovery!

Picture: Taylor Lanning

 

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