Ostergaard set to ride through the pain barrier

Ulrich Ostergaard in action against Berwick.
Ulrich Ostergaard in action against Berwick.
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Skipper Ulrich Ostergaard plans to ride through the pain barrier for Panthers.

Ostergaard is nursing a broken toe and ankle ligament damage after being involved in a crash during a Danish Championship quarter-final last Saturday.

But the 34 year-old is determined to line up for the city side when they return to action against Ipswich Witches tomorrow night (Friday).

Ostergaard said: “I got T-boned by a young kid going into a corner and spent six hours in hospital so it wasn’t the best Saturday night I’ve ever had!

“The x-rays showed that either my little toe or a bone very close to it is broken and there is also ligament damage to my ankle.

“I’ve had it strapped up all week and, providing I can get my boot on and put some weight on it, I will be giving it a go.”

Panthers are also sweating over the fitness of second string Lewis Blackbird, who is still being troubled by back pain suffered in his Bank Holiday Monday spill.

Blackbird also sustained two broken fingers in that crash in the first leg of a first round KO Cup tie against Plymouth two-and-a-half weeks ago and a late decision is likely on his participation with a guest understood to be on stand-by.

Club bosses are expecting teenage star Robert Lambert to return if Great Britain bow out of the World Cup in tonight’s Race-Off.

However, riders involved in FIM events are entitled to miss league matches 24 hours either side of the meeting in question. Panthers would be entitled to the use of a rider/replacement facility for Lambert were he not to return.

Opponents Ipswich have two riders involved in the Race-Off – Great Britain man Danny King and American ace Gino Manzares. Both are understood to have indicated they will race for the Witches on Friday if their nations fail to reach the World Cup final.

One thing set in stone is Panthers’ use of regular guest Brady Kurtz at number one on Friday. They have booked Ben Barker to fill that role at Newcastle on Sunday.