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LJUNG HEADS HOME AFTER LUCKY ESCAPE

Vetlanda's Mikael Wirebrand said “someone was watching over” Peter Ljung after he escaped an horrific crash with concussion and rib damage.

12 / 08 / 2020, 11:13

Vetlanda team manager Mikael Wirebrand admitted “someone was watching over” Peter Ljung after the Swedish star escaped an horrific crash with concussion and rib damage last night.

Ljung clashed with Dackarna debutant Avon van Dyck in heat 11 of the teams’ Bauhaus Elitserien opener, with their collision sending him straight into the air fence on bend two. Ljung was catapulted over the barrier and struck a floodlight post, leaving him unconscious for a short period of time.

After regaining consciousness, Ljung was placed on to a spinal board and taken to hospital, accompanied by his wife Jessica.

I can only thank someone – someone was watching over him for sure. That was a nasty one. He has a problem with his ribs and concussion, but besides that, nothing. He was moving and could feel everything.

Mikael Wirebrand

Speaking this morning, Wirebrand confirmed Ljung has been released from hospital. He said: “Everything is under control. Of course he has some injuries and concussion, but he is pretty alright to be honest.

“I can only thank someone – someone was watching over him for sure. That was a nasty one. He has a problem with his ribs and concussion, but besides that, nothing. He was moving and could feel everything.

“I am happy for Peter and his family that he is back home. He will be kept home for a couple of days without talking too much. He will just be trying to heal the best way he can. But he will come back.”

Incredibly, Wirebrand confirmed that Ljung intends to return to the track this season. He said: “I am 100 percent certain about that. He will come back this season.

“He was so annoyed that he was involved in that crash. He was looking forward to coming back to his home town and racing for us. He said ‘give me a couple of weeks and then I am back.’ Racing sometimes is rough, but the result of this one is pretty okay.”

Wirebrand paid tribute to his side after Vetlanda kept their focus following the frightening incident to beat local rivals Dackarna 46-44.

“There was a long break and when you have a long break like that and your mate is down, everybody feels down,” he said. “But we showed strength and came back to win after this one.

“There were a couple of mistakes we made and a couple from the referee. So to win anyway shows strength from everyone around.”

Wirebrand was also proud to see Sweden’s top flight defy the coronavirus pandemic and get the nation’s season started.

He said: “I am just happy and proud we have started the Bauhaus League. Speedway is alive in Sweden and not only in Poland. We will show some big stuff during the season.”

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