Monarchs facing rider crisis for Tigers tie

Sam Masters and Ryan Fisher could be absent. Pic: Ron MacNeill
Sam Masters and Ryan Fisher could be absent. Pic: Ron MacNeill
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Edinburgh Monarchs could be without all their top five riders for Friday’s tough Premier League clash against high flying Sheffield Tigers at Armadale on Friday.

Skipper Sam Masters (Australia), Ryan Fisher (United States), and Kevin Wolbert (Germany) are racing for their respective countries against holders Sweden in tonight’s Event 2 Speedway World Cup showdown in Vastervik.

The winners automatically qualify for Saturday’s final at Belle Vue, with the second and third-place teams going forward to Friday’s race-off against Russia and Denmark at the Manchester venue.

Australia and USA seem likely to get through with Germany favourites to get eliminated raising the possibility that 
Wolbert would at least be 
available for Monarchs.

But, with team-mates Erik and Mark Riss also absent on German League duty, 
Monarchs will have to recruit a slew of guest replacements to try and tame the Tigers.

Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess admitted: “We are 
already looking at the guest situation and there are decent riders available to us who will hopefully do a good job.

“Under normal circumstances I think we would probably have cancelled the fixture or 
postponed it anyway.

“However because of all the bad weather and rain-offs we have endured so far this year we are simply too far behind with our home fixtures to allow us to lose another Friday and that is why we have got to run it.”

Harkess added: “In theory we could be without our whole top five, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in Sweden tonight but we could have done without this clash of dates but it’s happened and we must get on with it as best we can.”