Morten finger saved by surgery

MORTEN Risager has had his finger saved by surgery, but it is too early to say what the future holds for the young Dane.

MORTEN Risager has had his finger saved by surgery, but it is too early to say what the future holds for the young Dane.

Risager was involved in a high-speed crash at Rye House on Monday with the little finger of his right hand severed.

Speaking from hospital yesterday after surgery, Risager said: “They have put my finger back on and I think it has survived, but we won’t know for another few days.

“I’m in a lot of pain and have lost mobility in it, but again it will be a while before I know how much mobility or feeling I have lost.

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“I would like to thank everyone for all the messages of support.”

Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches diector of speedway Chris Louis said: “Obviously we all wish Morten well. We will let things settle down for a few days to see what we do next, depending on how long he is going to be out.”

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Ipswich will need to regroup ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash at Edinburgh, with both sides missing key riders.

The Witches would have been without Risager anyhow as, along with Lasse Bjerre, they are recalled for Danish Championship commitments this weekend.

Former Monarchs’ captain Derek Sneddon rides as a guest for Risager, and rider replacement for Bjerre means every Witches rider can have an extra ride.

The Monarchs too are beset by problems.

Kalle Katajisto is racing for Finland in both the senior and Under-21 World Cup competitions at Landshut, Germany, this weekend.

While Lee Dicken is out due to a pre-arranged commitment which the club have known about, with only a National League rider available as cover – Scunthorpe’s Gary Irving takes his place.

With Risger and Bjerre the Witches would have fancied their chances of victory tonight.

So if points are to be achieved, more will be required of Kevin Doolan, whose form of late has been patchy, while reserves Chris Mills and Jerran Hart are more than capable of getting the better of Monarchs’ reserves.

If so, the Witches could well pull off a result tonight in Scotland and give Risager a boost into the bargain.

Tonight’s teams

Monarchs: Kevin Wolbert, R/R for Kalle Katajisto, Andrew Tully, Matthew Wethers (capt.), Craig Cook, Gary Irving, Kyle Howarth.

Witches: Kevin Doolan (capt.), Taylor Poole, Rider replacement for Lasse Bjerre, Derek Sneddon (guest), Chris Schramm, Jerran Hart, Chris Mills.

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