Sheffield Tigers are hoping Kyle Howarth won’t be out for long.
Skipper Howarth crashed in his opening ride at Newcastle on Sunday and suffered a dislocated shoulder.
He is rated doubtful for Thursday’s clash with rivals Scunthorpe and must be a major concern for the Championship Fours event at Redcar on Sunday.
Howarth is a key man in Sheffield’s team and his absence leaves a big gap in the side.
Promoter Damien Bates said: “It’s a case of talking to Kyle on a daily basis to see how he progresses.
“But he was in a lot of pain and had to go to hospital to have the dislocation treated.”
Howarth himself is frustrated as he feels he has found his best form of the season.
“It’s happened at the worst possible time because I was feeling better and better with every meeting,” he said.
“I’m hoping it won’t be any longer than a week on the sidelines but I’ve got to be totally sure the strength is back in the shoulder.
“I’m going to take it on a day-by-day basis and hopefully I can be back very soon.
“It was a painful experience, for sure. They had to knock me out to put it back in place at hospital, but I’m feeling fine now - just frustrated I have to miss matches.”