Kelsey Dugard has vowed to ride through the pain barrier on tomorrow (29 April) when the Eastbourne Eagles take on Cradley.
The 18-year-old broke his left scaphoid when he fell during his last ride at Plymouth last Friday when bidding to put in a challenge on race-leader Benji Compton.
“They had watered the ‘blue groove’ and I went down. That’s when it happened,” Kelsey said.
He had broken the same bone three years ago and any crash or bump is likely to aggravate the problem.
“It’s extra sore this time. That’s why I did so poorly at Mildenhall last Sunday,” he added.
He said the bone was unlikely to heal because of the degree of damage and that, in the longer term, it might have to be removed, although that was no guarantee of getting rid of the pain.
“It is what it is. You just have to get on with it,” he said.
The Eagles are at full strength for their first home league match of the campaign, which starts at 7.30pm at Arlington Stadium. They started the season well with victory over two legs in the Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy against Lakeside and then hammered Plymouth in Devon for their league opener.
However, they were on the end of a drubbing in Suffolk when there were problems over tyres and the riders suffering four blown engines between them.
Team boss Connor Dugard has said everyone must put that result behind them, “It was a blip and I can guarantee we are all fired up to get back to winning against Cradley on Saturday. We have to improve and we will.”