Edinburgh Monarchs rider Ricky Wells hopes to be fit for the speedway team’s showdown with Ipswich Witches at Armadale on Friday after injuring his ribs in a heavy crash against Redcar Bears at home four days ago.
The American came a cropper in heat 11 of a match which was notable for a spate of fallers throughout the evening.
Wells said: “I started off well in the meeting and won my first two races before I crashed. I was behind Charles Wright and it was my fault in a way for running up the back of him. He came in to the corner so slow. I wasn’t expecting him to be going that slow, it was all very unfortunate.
“I landed on my head quite hard and got run over by my own team-mate which wasn’t his fault, but these things happen.”
Wells decided against getting checked over at his local hospital. “I saw the paramedic after the crash and I was able to walk back to the pits, though I couldn’t take my last ride.
“You go to A&E and wait for three hours then they tell you to rest for a few weeks, I wasn’t coughing up blood or anything like that and I was breathing fine.”
“I’ve had rib injuries before and it’s very very tender and I’m struggling to move around.
“I’m sat in a chair, it’s the whole moving thing, you can’t get around without great difficulty.”
Monarchs championship encounter against Newcastle Diamonds was washed out on Sunday and Wells said: “That was a real blessing in disguise because I had phoned John (Campbell) up and said I wouldn’t be able to do the match.
“I hate missing Edinburgh meetings and letting the team down so I was pretty happy it was called off.”
Wells is planning to fulfill his engagement for his Premiership side Rye House Rockets against Belle Vue Aces tomorrow to test out his fitness . “Obviously I’ll see how I manage on Wednesday. Anyone who has had rib injuries before, it doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong, but it’s extremely uncomfortable. So hopefully if I come through tomorrow I will be fine for Edinburgh’s match on Friday.”