Iversen back on track for King’s Lynn Stars
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Niels-Kristian Iversen reckons the shackles of his shoulder injury have finally been broken as he prepares to lead King's Lynn against Leicester tonight (7.30pm).
The Tru Plants Stars number one fired a fearsome signal of intent last week with a five-ride full maximum in the 45-45 draw at Somerset.
That was only his fourth UK appearance since coming back from mid-season surgery and provided the Dane with a much-needed boost.
'I am able to look forward now, I feel like I am going in the right direction and know that with time and some hard work that I will be back to where I want to be again,' said Iversen.
'It has been difficult, especially when you come to meetings knowing you are not totally right.
'Getting the physical or psychological advantage to be on top of your game is very tough but things are what they are.
'I just have to get through it and treat it for what it is. That's the best way to get back to my best shape.'
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King's Lynn will operate rider replacement for Michael Palm Toft at number three. One ride can be taken by Lewis Kerr with the others divided between Kasper Andersen and Ty Proctor.
With new averages kicking in for this meeting, Proctor rides from number seven with the rest of the Stars team order unchanged. New recruits Ricky Wells and Charles Wright feature in a full one-to-seven for the Lions. Ryan Kinsley is King's Lynn's number eight.
The Lions have already been eliminated from the KO Cup by Lynn and their last trip to Norfolk saw them beaten 59-31 in a second leg encounter. But Danish duo Kenneth Bjerre – a former King's Lynn rider – and Hans Andersen, along with the injured Danny King, were all missing from that meeting meaning a patched-up side took to the track.
Manager Simon Stead expects it to be a different story this time, and despite the rider availability problems faced by Premiership clubs racing on Wednesdays this season, the Lions are boosted by being able to travel with a full-strength line-up.
Stead said: 'It's great to be going there with a full team. We struggled there last time in the cup, but we have a completely different team this time around.
'We went there before with riders missing, we had three guests in the team, but now we go there as a different outfit.
'Kenneth loves the place, Hans goes well everywhere, and I feel we're looking a really solid line-up now.
'We've got look at getting something from the meeting. We got a win on Monday and three points was the important thing there, King's Lynn: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Lewis Kerr, R/R for Michael Palm Toft, Thomas Jorgensen, Robert Lambert, Kasper Andersen, Ty Proctor.
Leicester: Kenneth Bjerre, Krystian Pieszczek, Ricky Wells, Charles Wright, Hans Andersen, James Sarjeant, Todd Kurtz.