Friday, May 2, 2014
King’s Lynn Stars will be without Kenneth Bjerre for at least three meetings after it was confirmed the heat leader must undergo surgery to mend his broken collarbone.
The in-form Danish rider will return to his home country today for an operation to plate the injury after suffering a heavy fall during his team’s 53-43 home win over Leicester Lions on Wednesday. Bjerre will almost certainly miss Lynn’s trips to Belle Vue (May 12) and Birmingham (May 15) as well as their home clash against Swindon (May 14) and faces a race against time to be fit for the next round of the Grand Prix series in Finland which will take place a week tomorrow.
The 29-year-old, who released a statement on his official Facebook fan page, said: “Kenneth also took a nasty hit to his head in the accident which broke his helmet given the big impact – luckily he was not knocked unconscious in the incident. “Kenneth’s main focus is for a full and speedy recovery with all eyes on returning for round three of the Speedway Grand Prix in Finland (May 17). After discussing his options with Danish doctors, he has decided to fly to Denmark and will have an operation to plate his broken collarbone.”
The former Peterborough Panthers man, who has broken both of his legs during his career, one twice, spent Wednesday evening in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital before returning to his home in Huntingdon. Rob Lyon will now have to sort guest riders to replace the unlucky ace for the trio of Elite League matches next week.
Stars chief Buster Chapman said: “The crash looked really bad, hopefully he will make a quick recovery. We will know more in the coming days.”