SPEEDWAY: Crushing blow for Panthers as skipper ruled out for the season

Panthers skipper Ulrich Ostergaard will miss the rest of the season.
Panthers skipper Ulrich Ostergaard will miss the rest of the season.
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Peterborough Panthers’ challenge for honours has been rocked by another major injury blow today (September 11).

Captain and recently-crowned Premier League Riders’ champion Ulrich Ostergaard has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken left foot.

The Danish star hit the deck in the semi-finals of the South Tees Silver Helmet at his former club Redcar last night (September 10).

Ostergaard (34) flew back to his native Denmark earlier today where medical tests have revealed the full extent of the damage. He will require surgery.

Promoter Ged Rathbone admitted: “It is yet another crushing blow – literally in this case as that’s pretty much what Ulrich has done to his foot!

“He is absolutely gutted because he was desperate to lead the team to success after his big individual win last weekend.

“Unfortunately he needs an operation in the coming days and is likely to have a six-week recovery.

“I keep thinking our luck must change for the better, but it just seems to get worse.

“We have been overcoming obstacles put in our way all season though and we will continue to do it.”

Panthers will have to rely on the use of a guest or the rider replacement facility for the rest of the season. However, only riders from teams not involved in the top six are eligible to be called up to guest in the play-offs

The club have been successful without a number one for most of 2015 after Olly Allen suffered season-ending ankle injuries back in March. Axed teenager Robert Lambert and Ostergaard have since had spells at the top of the order.

Panthers complete their regular-season fixtures when entertaining strugglers Scunthorpe at the East of England Showground on Sunday (3pm).