SPEEDWAY: In-form Haines sets sights on quick Tigers comeback

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SHEFFIELD’S injury crisis has deepened with the news that Joe Haines has broken his wrist.

Haines has been a shining light for the Tigers in recent weeks, regularly top-scoring from reserve, and the news of his injury will serve as another blow to the Sheffield management.

The Bolton-born racer crashed in the 50-43 home win over Plymouth on Thursday but still continued in the meeting. Despite the setback, he was positive of a quick track return.

He said: “I’ve broken a scaphoid bone but it isn’t as bad as it sounds, it’s not as serious as it could have been.

“It’s quite painful at the moment but I’m hoping to be back in 10 days or so, that’s the target at the moment.

“It’s got some protection on and I’ll rest up for the next week and then see how I feel, but I definitely expect to be back soon.

“I rode after the crash and that probably wasn’t the best idea, but I didn’t know the extent of the damage at the time. I could barely hold on to the bike and that’s when I knew it probably wasn’t right.

“We don’t have too many meeting’s left so I want to make the most of them, the last thing I want is to miss the rest of the season. It’s not ideal but I’ll rest up and try and make sure I am fit and ready for next week.”

Tigers are now working on a patched up side for Thursday’s home meeting with Berwick as their Premier League campaign continues.