Auty hopes to be back for Thursday

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JOSH Auty is aiming to be fit for Sheffield’s Premier League clash with Rye House at Owlerton.

Auty suffered whiplash in last Thursday’s cup tie with Workington and was forced to miss the return leg in Cumbria on Saturday and the World Under-21 Final at Poole on Sunday.

Now he rates his chances of returning on Thursday as better then 50/50 as he aims to help Tigers keep up the pressure at the top of the table.

He said: “I felt battered and bruised and they said I had concussion, but that wasn’t the case, the hospital said I had suffered whiplash.

“But I just felt rough all over my body and I’m just thankful it wasn’t more serious. I’ve had enough time out with the broken ankle I picked up.

“I want to be back on Thursday and at this stage I have to say there is a good chance, better than 50/50 at the moment.

“That’s my target and I’m determined to make it. I have missed a lot of meetings this season because of injury and it starts to get you down after a while.

“It’s even harder when you are riding so well and enjoying your speedway and then you get hit by injury.

“It’s a shame the lads missed out at Workington, it would have been lovely to go all the way to the cup final but now we have to focus fully on the league.”