Injury blow for Panthers skipper

Ulrich Ostergaard faces a race against time to be fit for Panthers' next meeting. Photo: David Lowndes.

Ulrich Ostergaard faces a race against time to be fit for Panthers' next meeting. Photo: David Lowndes.

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Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard suffered a suspecteed broken toe and ankle ligament damage in a crash during a Danish Championship quarter-final at Grindsted on Saturday (June 6).

The 34 year-old now faces a race to be fit for the club’s return to action on Friday (June 12) when they entertain Ipswich in a Premier League derby clash at the East of England Showground.

Promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Ulrich was hit by another rider and that just about sums up our luck with injuries this season.

“He went to hospital after the crash and underwent x-rays which suggested he has suffered ligament and tissue damage to his ankle.

“We will be in regular contact with him in the next few days days, but both Ulrich and ourselves are optimistic he will be able to ride on Friday.”

Another Panthers rider, Lewis Blackbird, is also battling to be fit for the East Anglian showdown against Ipswich.

Blackbird suffered two fingers and a blow to the back when crashing heavily during a recent Travel Plus Tours KO Cup first round, first leg victory against Plymouth.