Speedway: Tabaka eyes quick return for Monarchs

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EDINBURGH MONARCHS speedway bosses have decided to continue using the rider replacement facility for injured Hungarian star Jozsef Tabaka after the rider revealed his foot injury is not as serious as was first thought.

Monarchs were exploring the possibility of bringing in a continental replacement for 28 days following Tabaka’s crash in a Grand Prix qualifier in his home country at the weekend. But after a visit to the doctor, Tabaka said: “I have been told to relax for the next two weeks and I’m getting better each day. I’m hoping to be riding again at the start of July.”

A Monarchs spokesman said: “Initial reports had suggested Jozsef had broken his leg, and while it will be still tough for the team without him, the recovery timescale of two to three weeks is good news.”

But Monarchs face a tough Premier League test against Workington Comets on Friday and must avoid losing at home for the third week in a row. Rider replacement accords extra rides to skipper Derek Sneddon and Max Fricke plus a stand-in reserve who is covering for the still sidelined Mitchell Davey.

Meanwhile, Monarchs have been handed a tough draw in the Premier League Fours championship at Peterborough on Sunday, July 14. They are in Group B alongside Newcastle Diamonds, Leicester Lions and Somerset Rebels.