SPEEDWAY: Tough nut Thomsen to ride through pain for Panthers in the play-offs

Anders Thomsen is determined to be fit to race for Panthers against Edinburgh.
Anders Thomsen is determined to be fit to race for Panthers against Edinburgh.
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Peterborough Panthers star Anders Thomsen intends to race through the pain of a broken scaphoid to help the city club’s challenge for honours.

The World Under 21 Championship silver medalist sustained the injury in a heat nine crash during Panthers’ Premier League play-offs quarter-final second leg triumph over Sheffield yesterday (September 27).

Thomsen picked himself up off the deck to win two races but went to hospital following the conclusion of the 51-38 triumph which clinched a 97-82 aggregate verdict.

The Dane’s left hand has been placed in a cast but he has already insisted he will line up for semi-final battle against reigning champions Edinburgh.

The two teams meet in a first-leg showdown at the East of England Showground on Sunday (October 4) ahead of a return north of the border five days later.

Panthers supremo Ged Rathbone said: “Anders has been a revelation since we brought him in last month.

“He has now scored more than 40 points in four meetings for us and he is a vital part of the team.

“It would be a massive blow to lose another rider to injury at this stage of the season, but Anders is adamant he will race on.

“He has been on the phone this morning to say he will be having the cast cut off later this week so he can ride against Edinburgh.”

Panthers have overcome a catalogue of injuries to roar into the last four. Stand-in skipper Simon Lambert – himself still troubled by a broken shoulder blade – is the only member of the club’s original team for 2015 still standing.

Thomsen was one of three Panthers men to crash heavily yesterday. Michael Palm Toft is battered and bruised after a spill going into the opening bend of heat one while Rafal Konopka has also emerged relatively unscathed from a frightening fall in heat 11.