Bees Sweating On Bombers Fitness After Crash In Poland
COVENTRY have a major concern over inspirational skipper Chris Harris ahead of Friday’s crunch play-off clash with Poole.
Harris was involved in a heavy crash in Poland on Sunday and has returned to the UK with ankle, wrist and elbow injuries.
He plans to see a specialist early this week and it leaves the Buildbase Bees sweating just days before their biggest match of the season.
Harris said: “It was a big crash on the first bend with me, Sebastian Ulamek and Michal Szczepaniak, and we all went straight into the fence together.
“Me and Seb were actually under the fence for a time and they had the ambulance out but we did manage to walk away.
“I carried on in the meeting, it was an important one for the club, but it was afterwards when the adrenaline had eased that I really felt the pain, and I’ve got a swollen wrist and ankle.
“I’ve got to get plenty of treatment over the next few days, I really want to be fit for Friday but I’ll have to see what the specialist says.”
Bees already have Joonas Kylmakorpi on the sidelines, with Freddie Lindgren booked to guest, and it is now a relief that the initially-scheduled first leg against the Pirates tonight was put back by four days.
That call was taken on Saturday afternoon due to an adverse weather forecast, with the conditions of Monday already fully justifying that decision.
Boss Gary Havelock said: “You’re always worried about receiving a call saying one of your riders has crashed in another meeting, and now we have to wait and see with Bomber.
“He’s massive to our team, and being without him is not really something I want to think about. It’s a huge concern for us.
“I will be looking at our options, of course, but we already know how limited they are and at the moment we just have to keep our fingers crossed.”