Speedway: Monarchs’ Max Fricke in fitness race

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Edinburgh Monarchs have injury worries ahead of Friday’s vital Premier League speedway clash against leaders Ipswich Witches, who lead the Capital outfit by a single point as the battle to finish in the top two gathers momentum.

Monarchs’ Max Fricke, who took a terrible clattering against Somerset on Friday, is doubtful for the match after injuring his back in a collision with Rebels star Kyle Newman. “My back is still pretty sore,” said Fricke. “The hospital told me absolutely nothing, all they did was tell me it wasn’t broken and to go home. I have been in bed for the last few days, I would like to ride on Friday, but will just have to see how things go.

Monarchs’ other reserve, Josh Bates, who had agreed to ride until the end of the season to cover for Mitchell Davey, may not ride again this year following the wrist injury he sustained against Rye House Rockets two weeks ago.

Bates rode for parent club Mildenhall on Sunday, but was forced to withdraw after two rides. Mildenhall co-boss Chris Louis said: “Josh should not really have ridden at all and I don’t anticipate seeing him race again this season.”

Monarchs have Buxton’s Liam Carr on stand-by.