Edinburgh Monarchs today received a welcome boost when crocked reserve rider Mitchell Davey revealed he is hoping to be back in action to face his old club Glasgow Tigers in the Premier League at Armadale early next month following a broken wrist injury which has kept him sidelined since the end of May.
The laid back Australian has been badly missed at the tail-end with Monarchs having to call on National League guests to cover his absence, but Davey told the Evening News: “I’m getting my cast cut off next Thursday and I’m hoping to put some practice laps in the following night at Armadale just to see what the strength in my wrist is like.
“I don’t know how much muscle control I’ve lost since my crash and this should give me a fair idea about how well my wrist is holding up since I’ve been sidelined, which seems ages ago.”
Davey added: “It would then be my plan to make my comeback against Glasgow. I aim to get physio on my wrist leading up to the match so I don’t have to rebuild it up myself during the meeting.”
Davey will have missed seven fixtures by the time he’s back in the saddle.
“The doctors were adamant that because my wrist was broken in quite a bad spot, had I got back on my bike too soon and perhaps the bone shifted or I knocked it again, it then would have required surgery,” he went on. “I had never broken my wrist before so I had to listen to the doctors, they’re the guys who went to university. I didn’t, and they know best.”
Davey has kept a close eye on Monarchs’ rollercoaster displays of late and said: “I’m gutted that I missed the matches at Somerset and Newcastle, they were incredible meetings and I would have loved to have ridden in them.
“It was so frustrating for me when I broke my wrist at Ashfield because it wasn’t even my fault. I had only joined Monarchs two weeks previously and I was feeling comfortable and scoring good points and all the guys had been really helpful in welcoming me in to the team.
“Monarchs have covered pretty well for me, replacing reserve riders is so tough, but now I’m dead keen to get back especially as the team are involved in all three major competitions and I want to play my bit in helping them push for silverware this season.”