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SMOLINSKI STEPS UP REHAB AT TOP GERMAN CLINIC

Martin Smolinski hopes three weeks of intense rehabilitation at the centre used by Germany’s football team will get him back on track.

08 / 08 / 2020, 12:12

Bavarian racer Martin Smolinski hopes three weeks of intense rehabilitation at the centre used by Germany’s national football team will get him back on track for SGP 2020.

Smolinski began intense training at Eden Reha in Donaustauf last Tuesday as he bids to complete his recovery from hip surgery in time for the SGP World Championship’s opening weekend in Wroclaw on August 28 and 29.

A crash during a training session in Leipzig on May 22 left him with a broken and dislocated right hip, as well as damage to his peroneal nerve.

It’s the first time I have been to a rehabilitation farm like this. It’s the same farm the German national football team goes to for their strength tests before the FIFA World Cup.

Martin Smolinski

Smolinski hopes one of Germany’s finest rehab centres will help him recover in time to make his mark on speedway’s biggest stage.

He said: “It’s the first time I have been to a rehabilitation farm like this. It’s the same farm the German national football team goes to for their strength tests before the FIFA World Cup.

“This is one of the best rehabilitation farms we have in Germany, especially in the south of Germany. They know what to do.

“They do a special sporting strength test. They were not used to speedway riders, so they needed to figure out how they could conduct a proper power test for my leg. They needed to know what I need my body to do. They’ve given me the test and then after three weeks, we do it again.”

Smolinski will await the outcome of that test before making a final decision as to whether he will race in Wroclaw. But he remains very optimistic he will be ready for action.

He said: “At this stage, I’m still doing my rehabilitation until one week before the first GP. I want to take as much time as I can to be 100 percent fit again.

“At the moment, I’m 99 percent sure I’ll be racing. Well, for me personally I would say 100 percent. But you never know what the doctor will say and whether they will give me the okay.”

Smolinski admits there are still a few issues to resolve before he can truly get back to his best.

“I have sat on the bike and I can race,” he said. “But I can’t race on the world stage at the moment.

“I need to see what the doctor says over the next three weeks because I have some issues. I have some nerve problems and movement problems in the body. There are some positions where I don’t feel my leg properly. I have some problems. I have to work on them now.”

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