Frustrated Josh plans quickfire return

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TIGERS star Josh Auty is ready to defy the doctors by returning to racing ahead of schedule.

Auty suffered a broken ankle last month when crashing out of his World Under-21 qualifier.

He was immediately told he wouldn’t be back on a bike for at least three months but he is having regular treatment and physio in a bid to speed up the process. And he says as long as he feels strong enough he will ride again as soon as he possibly can.

“I’m in good spirits but I feel so frustrated about the fact that I can’t ride at the moment, I just cannot wait to be back on a bike,” said Auty.

“I can’t say for sure when I will be back racing but realistically it won’t be in the next three weeks. However, my season is far from over and I feel I have so much more to go for in the months ahead.

“I will step up my physio work so I stay physically fit and the moment I can put enough strength on the ankle I need to be ready to race so that’s what I will be doing.

“I’m excited by the challenges ahead both for me and for the team and I hate watching Sheffield knowing there is nothing I can do to help the boys.

“I’ve missed a lot of meetings for Sheffield and Coventry when things have been going so well for me. And I missed my place in the British Final when I was determined to perform well. It’s also disappointing to miss the Premier League Pairs on Friday, I would have loved to have defended our title with Ricky (Ashworth).”

Tigers are back in action on Thursday when they face Premier League newcomers Leicester at Owlerton.And that means a swift Owlerton return for club asset Richard Hall, who has made a big success of his move to Leicester.