WOLVES v SWINDON, PREVIEW

Sunday August 19, 2018
WOLVERHAMPTON have suffered a double injury blow ahead of Monday’s crucial Premiership fixture with Swindon at Monmore Green (7.30).

The Parrys International Wolves will be without skipper Rory Schlein and reserve Nathan Greaves for the visit of the reigning Champions.

Schlein crashed out of Ipswich’s defeat at Workington on Saturday while Greaves pulled out of the FIM World Under-21 Team Cup Final in Denmark on the same night.

Promoter Chris Van Straaten explained: “Obviously it’s a big blow to lose two key riders for what is an important meeting for us.

“Rory is in a hospital nearer his Coventry home where he is awaiting a full diagnosis of his injuries.

“Because of that, we don’t know how long he’ll be out of action for but he definitely won’t be racing on Monday.

“Nathan tried battling through the pain barrier in Denmark but his knee has swollen up again and he needs spend some extra time resting that.”

With six of the seven Premiership teams in action on Monday, club bosses have opted to use rider replacement for Schlein, while Peterborough and Birmingham man Tom Bacon will again deputise at reserve on the track he scored a 15-point maximum on in Cradley’s F.A.S.T Golden Hammer last Monday.

With just four points separating the Wolves and the Robins in the league table, Monday’s clash is an important one as the play-off chase hots up.

And it’s the start of a vital period for the Monmore men who face six meetings in nine days.

“The league table is so tight this year that it could all go down to the final few meetings to sort out who makes the play-offs,” Van Straaten.

“But we’re pleased that we’re in that current mix and we know we’ve got a really important spell that will more than likely determine whether or not we’ll achieve another top four finish.

“First we focus on Swindon though who are one of those teams in the mix with ourselves and sending them home empty handed could be just as important as us getting the win.

“Swindon are again very fortuitous that they come to us when we’re without a full strength team again, but it’s down to our riders to dig deep and hopefully the supporters will turn out in big numbers and get right behind the team once again.”

Supporters will also get chance to walk the Monmore Green circuit during the interval for a donation to the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Rory Schlein R/R, Kyle Howarth, Jonas B Andersen, Sam Masters, Jacob Thorssell, Ashley Morris, Tom Bacon.

SWINDON: Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Adam Ellis, Tobiasz Musielak, Nick Morris, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith.


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