Edinburgh Monarchs’ young German speedway star Erik Riss could be out of action for four weeks after breaking his collarbone against Workington Comets at Derwent Park on Saturday when an attempted “high five” celebration went wrong.
The injury happened after the third-heat celebration with team-mate Justin Sedgmen, in which both riders tumbled in front of the Monarchs supporters on the back straight.
Riss immediately complained that he had broken his collarbone and was examined by the on-track medical crew when he returned to the pits.
They passed him fit to continue because he still had full power in both arms – which should not be possible with a broken collarbone. He completed the match with the aid of painkillers, but was in great discomfort at the end.
Riss then flew to Germany later that evening to compete in an international four-team tournament the next day. He completed five rides, but was in agony at the finish. He visited his local hospital on Monday and X-rays confirmed the break.
He was advised to rest for four weeks, but Riss insisted he must ride this Friday against Scunthorpe. When told this would make the situation worse Riss reluctantly pulled out, missing the start of Monarchs’ Premier League campaign.
Monarchs are considering their options because Sedgmen will also be absent on Friday due to a World Championship qualifying engagement in Croatia.