Stricken Peterborough Panthers star Simon Lambert has spoken of his frustration at seeing his best-ever season interrupted by injury.
The high-scoring reserve match-winner is out with a broken shoulder blade sustained in a smash in an individual meeting 10 days ago.
It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as he was dumped on the deck by a rival rider – and that’s been a familiar story during the 26 year-old’s career.
Lambert admitted: “No speedway rider wants to be sat at home injured. The fact it happened in an individual meeting and wasn’t my fault just makes it more frustrating.
“It is the second time this year I’ve had a big bang that hasn’t been down to me. The same thing happened in our win at Newcastle when I got taken out.
“That’s been the story of my career unfortunately. I’m not the sort of rider who leaves his brain in the toolbox when he goes out onto the track, but I still seem to get caught up in crashes.
“This has been my best season in the Premier League by some distance and the last thing I want is to have to sit out meetings.
“I’ve only had two bad meetings all year and hopefully I can pick my form back up when I’m fit again.”
An initial comeback date of August 9 has already proved to be too ambitious for Lambert, but a home Premier League clash against Newcastle on August 21 has now been pencilled in for a possible return.
But he has revealed the situation could have been a lot worse. His broken shoulder blade was millimetres away from causing season-ending damage.
Lambert added: “I went to Peterborough City Hospital after the crash and they gave me an appointment to go back on August 10 which was not a lot of use.
“I decided to go private and it soon became clear I’ve been lucky not to have done a lot more damage.
“If the fracture had gone two or three millimetres to the left my entire shoulder socket would have been smashed to bits and that would have been my season over.
“Thankfully that’s not the case and I’m giving the shoulder two weeks of complete rest before taking things from there. The doctors said to expect to be out for between six and eight weeks, but I’m hoping it will be a lot closer to four-to-six weeks.
“I might be able to have some laser treatment to speed up the final part of the recovery and get me back a bit quicker.
“I’m hoping to be okay for the Newcastle meeting, but this is not a time to be taking any chances with the play-offs just around the corner.
“The club management have told me not to rush back.”