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PIRATES HOPEFUL ON HOLDER

Poole boss Neil Middleditch is hoping for good news on Jack Holder’s thigh injury after he crashed out at Wimborne Road on Monday.

18 / 06 / 2019, 12:31

Poole boss Neil Middleditch is hoping for good news on Aussie racer Jack Holder’s thigh injury after he crashed out of Pirates’ 51-39 SGB Premiership win over Wolverhampton on Monday.

Holder ran into difficulties on turn two, clipping the air fence as he bid to power around Wolves duo Sam Masters and Kyle Howarth. He caught the end of an air bag and was catapulted over the handlebars.

After a brief rest on the shale to get his breath back, Holder was led back to the pits, where he later withdrew from the meeting.

He has taken a heavy knock to his thigh and couldn’t really put any weight on it. It was his right leg, which is the one that holds the bike up and takes the most strain.

Neil Middleditch

The Sydneysider has pulled out of Vastervik’s Swedish Elitserien trip to Piraterna tonight, but Middleditch is hopeful his No.1 will avoid an extended stay on the sidelines.

He said: “He has taken a heavy knock to his thigh and couldn’t really put any weight on it. It was his right leg, which is the one that holds the bike up and takes the most strain.

“He sat on his bike in the pits and tried to put some weight on it, but just couldn’t do it.

"There was no point him going out there as he might have ended up hurting himself or somebody else.

“I told him to lift it up and get some ice on it. He has pulled out of Sweden and we’ll see how he is. I’m sure he’ll be pretty sore.

“We’ll try and get the swelling down and if it’s any worse, we’ll have to get an X-ray on it. He doesn’t think there’s anything broken, so fingers crossed.”

It’s unclear how long Holder will be sidelined. He’s due to race for Torun at home to Lublin on Friday and Middleditch is hopeful he will have sufficient time to recover for Pirates’ trip to Wolves on Monday.

He said: “There’s a little bit of time before we go to Wolves and hopefully it’s not too bad. The initial knock has really hurt him, but fingers crossed it’s nothing more serious.”

 

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