Simon Stead has admitted for the first time he’s unlikely to ride again this season – and he’s not made any decision on his future.
The Sheffield skipper, who had been in unstoppable form until he crashed at Rye House in April and suffered a broken arm and broken leg, has been to see his specialist for an update.
And whilst Stead and the specialist are both happy with his progress, the chances of him making a track return this year are remote.
He said: “I would be very surprised if I’m back on a bike this year, but from previous conversations with my surgeon there’s no reason why I couldn’t be 100 per cent ready to go for next year, and as strong as ever.
“I don’t really see there’s any point in rushing it to the stage where if I’m really lucky I could maybe get back for the last month of the season, when it’s colder and wetter and I’ve given everyone a season’s head-start!
“I think I’m far better concentrating on making sure I’m 100 per cent ready for next season if that’s what I choose to do.”
Stead says he will continue to put the necessary work in on his general fitness to aid his recovery.
He said: “Obviously I’m still looking at a long, slow road as far as the recovery period is concerned.
“The surgeon understands the necessary strength required for speedway, and I don’t see him now for another two months.
“I’ve got to continue my work in the hydrotherapy pool, and I can do some more land-based strength work.”
Tigers are without a meeting tonight as Great Britain go into the last chance race-off at the World Cup in Denmark as they bid to reach Saturday’s final.
Tigers are next in action next Thursday, June 18, when they face Newcastle at Owlerton.