Peterborough Panthers have seen their injury curse strike again.
Swedish ace Tomas H. Jonasson suffered a broken hand in a crash on Wednesday night (October 3) while helping his Vetlanda team to glory in the Swedish Elitserien Grand Final.
It means Jonasson is almost certain to become the fourth Panthers rider to see his season cut short by a serious injury. He joins a list featuring Olly Allen (broken arm), Kenneth Bjerre (broken leg) and Linus Sundstrom (shoulder damage).
Club legend Ryan Sullivan is also nursing broken bones in a hand and wrist but has refused to give up hope of returning to action.
However, the Aussie ace will also miss an Elite League KO Cup quarter-final first leg clash against Swindon at the East of England Showground on Thursday (October 11).
Panthers will again be forced to track a patched up team with at least two guests likely to be required.
But club bosses still hope they can enjoy a good cup run to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the Elite League play-offs.
Team manager Jan Staechmann said; “We have had a horrendous run with injuries this season.
“It’s all well and good being a formidable force when we have a full team, but having a full team has been a bit of a rarity.
“The KO Cup is our chance to salvage something out of 2012.”