Allen doesn’t bear a grudge after his high-speed spill

Olly Allen after crashing in heat six.
Olly Allen after crashing in heat six.
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Injured Panthers number one Olly Allen insists he has no bad feelings about the crash that has caused one of the most disappointing injury lay-offs of his long career.

Allen faces several weeks out of action after suffering a dislocation, breaks and ligament damage to his right ankle in a high-speed spill at the East of England Showground last Friday night during the city club’s Premier League Cup loss against Rye House.

The 32 year-old came to grief when attempting to power round the outside of Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen going into the first bend on the second lap of heat six and he feels the visiting rider could have done more to avoid a smash.

Allen said: “The Rye House rider had a look over his shoulder in the straight and he certainly knew I was there.

“There is no doubt in my mind he could have left me more room, but then I could also have backed out of the move and chose not to.

“I’m known as a hard rider myself and I’m very much of the view that if you dish it out you have to take it back so I don’t bear any grudges.

“I managed to get myself off the bike, but that hit the air-fence and caused it to lift which meant I went into the actual fence behind.

“I think that is something which needs to be looked at because there have been a few incidents where it has happened.

“This ranks as one of the biggest injury blows I’ve had in a long time because I couldn’t have been more excited about returning to Peterborough for this season.

“I was once ruled out of a World Under 21 final by injury which was heartbreaking at the time, but this is right up there in terms of disappointment.”

Allen, who started his career with Panthers back in the 1990s, spent five nights in Peterborough City Hospital before being allowed to return to his Norfolk home yesterday (Wednesday).

He faces six weeks in plaster before he can even consider returning to action.

And he has told club chief Ged Rathbone to do whatever he feels necessary to strengthen the Panthers team in his absence.

Allen added: “It has been a tough few days – I can’t pretend otherwise. But the doctors were potentially talking about a six-month recovery at one point so I guess I will settle for being in plaster for six weeks.

“I’ve had terrific support from the club and that has been really appreciated, but I’ve given them free rein to do whatever they feel they need to do in terms of my place in the team.

“Speedway is a business and it is vital they do whatever they feel is best to help us win meetings.”

Weather and travel-permitting, Allen hopes to be present at Alwalton tomorrow (Friday) night for Panthers’ home clash against Ipswich Witches.