Speedway: Fitness fight for Tigers star

Richard Hall
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Richard Hall is facing a race against time to be fit for Sheffield’s busy schedule this weekend.

Tigers head to Somerset in Premier League action on Friday before going to Rye House in a Knockout Cup tie on Saturday.

Hall suffered a dislocated shoulder 10-days ago in a track crash at Berwick and has bad bruising on his leg.

He’s been having intensive physio to try and get back on the bike as quickly as possible.

And he’s hoping to make it to Wolverhampton next Monday to take his place in the British Final.

Hall said: “I’ve been having plenty of physio.

“I’m hoping to be back sooner rather than later but I need to be sure I’m fit. I’ve looked back at the crash on DVD and it was a bad one.

“I’m pleased there was an air fence there!

“I’ve been using a physio recommended by Simon Stead and everything seems to be going well.

“Last week I was happy and so was my physio so if I can keep making progress like this I will be back in the saddle sooner rather than later.

“It’s frustrating for me because I’ve been riding well and feeling good on the bike. I’ve been scoring well for Sheffield and hopefully I can carry on where I left off when I return.

“It’s touch and go for this weekend but I’m going to do everything I can to make it.

“Obviously the lads are hurting from the defeats against Redcar and we will be desperate to bounce back as quickly as possible.”

Tigers are without a home meeting this Thursday as they reserved the date if they needed to use it for a rained-off match.

The next home meeting is the return KOC tie with Rye House on May 16.

Boss David Hoggart said: “Clearly we need to go to Rye House on Saturday and keep the scores close to give us a good chance on our own track.”