Peterborough Panthers face the prospect of going into Premier League battle with more than half their own team missing tonight (July 10).
The table-topping city racers travel to bottom side Scunthorpe with injury, illness and unavailability problems.
Returning captain Ulrich Ostergaard and the reserve pair of Simon Lambert and Rafal Konopka are likely to be the only Panthers’ regulars lining up at the Eddie Wright Raceway (7.30pm).
Teen talent Robert Lambert is struggling to overcome the effects of a nasty crash in the club’s televised triumph at Berwick on Wednesday (July 8) while Michael Palm Toft has gone down with illness.
Latest recruit Emil Grondal is missing due to commitments in the World Under 21 Championship tomorrow in Italy and Lewis Blackbird races in the Elite League for Wolverhampton.
Panthers will operate rider replacement to cover the absence of Grondal and could also enlist the services of three guests.
Czech ace Matej Kus of Redcar, who scored 14 points against Panthers last weekend, is definitely in for Blackbird.
Ipswich man Rohan Tungate and Redcar racer Adam Roynon are on stand-by for Robert Lambert and Palm Toft respectively.
Joint team boss Carl Johnson said: “It certainly won’t be ideal having riders missing, but it is something we overcame at Berwick on Wednesday and I’m confident we can do the same again.
“Going top of the table has given everyone from riders to supporters a great buzz and we will be doing everything we can to stay there.
“Our away record is terrific and Scunthorpe have already lost several times at home so we will be confident of getting a result.”
Panthers’ lead at the Premier League summit was cut to a point as Somerset picked up a consolation point from a narrow defeat at Redcar last night.
SCUNTHORPE: Thomas Jorgensen (guest), Theor Pijper, Alex Davies, Carl Wilkinson, Ryan Douglas, Ben Wilson, Nike Lunna.
PANTHERS: Ulrich Ostergaard, Rider replacement for Emil Grondal, Matej Kus (guest), Michael Palm Toft (or Adam Roynon, guest), Robert Lambert (or Rohan Tungate, guest), Rafal Konopka, Simon Lambert.