Edinburgh Monarchs speedway boss John Campbell today said he is hopeful that crocked American star Aaron Fox will be fit to face Newcastle Diamonds in the Premier League at Armadale on Friday.
Fox was involved in a nasty looking three-man pile-up during Monarchs’ 56-36 defeat of Ipswich Witches on Friday, but initial fears that the Californian had broken his leg in the heat eleven crash proved unfounded.
However, Fox’s clutch lever caught the rider as he went down, causing a nasty gash on his leg which required hospital treatment.
“The hospital stitched the wound together and he was released in the early hours of Saturday morning,” said Campbell.
“The stitches will come out on Friday and Aaron is very keen to ride, but he will need to do a bit of work on his wrecked bike before he can ride anything.
“Being a speedway rider he will keen to get back in the saddle as quickly as possible.”
Campbell admits that Fox has “got off lightly” and added: “I think the thought that he had broken his leg was driven by Craig Cook who saw his bone stick out through a hole in his kevlars and assumed his leg had been broken.
“Obviously, it is very good to know this is not the case because when you had three riders coming down as happened in the incident anything can happen.”
Fox’s mishap was especially frustrating after he made a promising start to the match by picking up five points from his first two rides – including outright victory in the second race against Ritchie Hawkins and Adam Ellis.
Campbell agreed it was Fox’s most encouraging home meeting for the team. “I had told Aaron in the days before the match that he needed to get himself out in front in his races. He made that happen on Friday, and it makes the job of winning races so much easier if you can take the lead from the tapes.
“I think in the two races he had before the crash Aaron probably rode in the manner he believed he was going to do when he signed for us. And I’m sure he will be very pleased by how he conducted himself in them.”
Fox commented: “It’s my intention and hope to race on Friday. I was pretty happy with the points I got for the team on Friday and want to keep that going.
“My bike didn’t come off too well, though, and that will need some attention.”
Campbell added: “The team spirit we have is fantastic and that was underlined by all the words of encouragement Aaron received via Twitter from his teammates over the weekend – everybody wants to be part of this team.”