Speedway: Grateful Compton praises medics after ‘horror crash’

Andre Compton , Sheffield Tigers
Andre Compton , Sheffield Tigers
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Andre Compton has paid tribute to Sheffield’s medical staff after his horror crash in Monday’s Sky meeting with Somerset.

Compton was released from hospital on Monday night, unbelievably with nothing broken, after the accident which saw him struck in the head by a bike at high speed.

And he has also made a point of saying how his crash helmet saved him from potentially serious injury.

Said Compton: “I’ve been amazed by the messages I’ve had from all over the country, obviously the crash was on Sky so it had a big audience.

“I want to thank the medical staff at Sheffield for the way in which they dealt with things after the crash and also the staff at hospital.

“The helmet I used (Shoei) saved me from something a lot, lot worse, that is for certain.

“I’m very tired and need some rest but I’d like to think I can come back stronger next week.”

Compton’s escape is great news – but Tigers are now likely to be without both Leigh Lanham and Ty Proctor for some time.

Lanham was struggling with his back in Monday’s meeting and admitted afterwards he should not have raced.

And it has been revealed Proctor has a serious thigh problem which could rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Promoter Peter Mole said: “Ty’s injury is a concern, depending on what the doctor says it could be two or three months which would mean it’s a season-ender.”

It means Sheffield bosses are scrambling for guests ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Plymouth in Premier League action.

Richard Lawson is already booked to replace Simon Stead, who is unavailable due to racing for Great Britain in the Speedway World Cup in Poland.

Compton, Lanham and Proctor will all miss out which means two more guests are needed plus the rider replacement facility.