MADSEN'S KNEE INJURY BATTLE
Danish racer Leon Madsen admits he’s in a race against time to be fit for the next Speedway European Championship round in Gustrow.
20 / 06 / 2021, 12:59
Danish racer Leon Madsen admits he’s in a race against time to be fit for the next Speedway European Championship round in Gustrow following his crash last Wednesday.
The former world No.2 was clattered by fellow countryman Mikkel Michelsen in the final of the SEC opener in Bydgoszcz, suffering a left knee injury. Michelsen was excluded and immediately apologised to his rival for the collision.
Despite being brought to tears by the pain, Madsen jumped up, dusted himself down and produced a ride-of-the-season contender to hunt down race leader Piotr Pawlicki and win the final in epic style.
You can’t keep the knee still; you are using it all the time. It’s such a bad thing to injure. It is probably the worst thing you can injure. If I was a football player, I wouldn’t be playing football next weekend for sure.
The Czestochowa skipper tried to race on at the International Individual Ekstraliga Championship in Torun on Friday, but pulled out due to the pain after one ride.
The 2018 European champion, who is just two points behind European Championship leader Pawlicki in the standings, is set to undergo a scan this week to uncover the extent of his injuries as he bids to return at SEC round two in Gustrow on Saturday.
But SGP star Madsen admits racing with a knee problem is anything but ideal. He said: “You can’t keep the knee still; you are using it all the time. It’s such a bad thing to injure. It is probably the worst thing you can injure. If I was a football player, I wouldn’t be playing football next weekend for sure.
“I also feel bad with my other leg and the back after the crash. I have pain, but you can kind of survive that when you are racing and the adrenaline is pumping. But the knee is something different. You twist it all the time and then it is simply too painful to race. I gave it a go in Torun, but as soon as I tried to race hard into the corner, I couldn’t. It was simply too painful.
“It’s the left knee and that’s the leg you move all the time. It is really, really difficult. As soon as you put the leg down, it twists a little bit. I can stand on it, but as soon as you start twisting it a little, it’s so painful that you can’t imagine.
“There is no chance of racing with a knee like this, but hopefully it will soon get better and the scan will show nothing is seriously injured. But until I have the scan, we will have to wait and put a lot of ice on it.
“I will do everything I can to get ready for the next European Championship round. But I have to say I am battling with time at the moment.”
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