Peterborough Panthers bosses have been left sweating on the condition of teen star Robert Lambert.
The 17 year-old withdrew from last night’s (May 20) British semi-final at King’s Lynn after a crash in his second ride and later went to hospital suffering from hip pain.
Lambert hit the fence in heat five after attempting to blast round the outside of rival Stefan Nielsen.
Readypower Panthers team manager Carl Johnson said: “Robert twisted his groin and banged his hip when he crashed.
“He was planning to go to hospital late tonight to be checked over and we will be in contact with him today (May 21).
“It is a massive shame for him to have to withdraw from a British semi, but hopefully it is nothing too serious and he will be back on a bike as soon as possible.”
Lambert’s namesake Simon - who received a late call-up into the meeting - scored five points from as many rides at the Adrian Flux Arena to miss out on the top-seven spot required to qualify for the British Final at Wolverhampton next month.
Seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls, Danny King, Leigh Lanham, Craig Cook, current British Under 21 champion Kyle Howarth, reigning senior champion Tai Woffinden and Carl Wilkinson did advance.
Adam Roynon, currently on loan from Panthers at Redcar, agonisingly missed out on countback to Wilkinson after both men scored nine points.
Panthers home Premier League match against Glasgow on Wednesday, June 24 will be screened live on Sky Sports.