Rory Schlein back on track as King’s Lynn Stars head to Eastbourne Eagles
- Credit: IAN BURT
Rory Schlein will make a remarkable King's Lynn Stars comeback at Eastbourne Eagles this evening.
The Australian thought his season was over when doctors in Poland told him he had broken his leg as a result of a nasty crash last month.
But the 28-year-old was left stunned just a few days ago when he found out he had been the victim of a monumental mix-up and had in fact only suffered a sprained ankle.
The Lynn asset admitted: 'Mentally I had accepted my season was over.
'I had started to make plans for next year. I had a new engine coming (before I got injured) and I put that on the back burner. Now Peter Johns (engine tuner) is rushing to get it finished for Monday night.
'My mindset had changed. The pressure of racing had gone. Now I've had to turn it back on and do things like making sure my mechanics are available. It's a strange one. It's sure hard to explain how I feel. I've gone from being told I had a broken leg, to not having one.
'I'm not going to be at 100pc but I've ridden in a lot worse states and I've ordered a new boot to help protect my ankle. It's been a frustrating first year at Lynn for me. I've been struggling for power while I've been doing so well in Poland. But I have always and still really want to do well for the club.'
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Schlein's return is a huge boost as the Stars look to keep their faint play-off hopes alive. In a season which has been marred by a host of injuries, two riders quitting, and a points deduction for using Kozza Smith 'illegally' as a guest against Peterborough Panthers – which the club are appealing – Lynn still remain in the hunt for a top-four slot.
'This isn't a second chance for me, I see it as a new season,' said Schlein.
'We need to pick up as many points as possible. It's still in our hands. We have to fight for every race and every point. We need to have a bit of luck go our way, and hopefully it comes because we've not had any this year.'
Lyon's men sit sixth – three places above the Eagles – and 10 points off fourth-placed Lakeside Hammers with seven meetings remaining.
Eastbourne (order unknown): Rider/replacement, Simon Gustafsson, Timo Lahti, Mikkel Michelsen, Kim Nilsson, Bjarne Pedersen, Cameron Woodward.
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Richie Worrall, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Nicklas Porsing, 7 Kozza Smith (Guest).