Tero Aarnio ruled out for rest of season
Photo by Dave PayneTue 24 Sep 2013
Tero Aarnio today informed the club that his season was over following his hospital visit in Finland.
He came to grief on Friday evening in Sweden when he was struck on the shoulder by the machine of former King's Lynn and Leicester rider Linus Eklof.
This caused him to miss last Saturday's double-header against Edinburgh, but initial hopes that it was simply a frozen shoulder were dispelled today when he returned to the hospital following the x-rays and scans that he underwent yesterday.
"The specialist informed him that it appears he has sustained ligament damage and Tero now has his arm in a sling, which he must wear for three to four weeks", said Comets Team Manager Tony Jackson.
"After that time they will re-assess his situation and if it is healing naturally he will then embark on a re-habilitation programme in order to get back to full fitness, which may take a couple of months", added Jackson.
"However, if it is not responding then Tero may have to undergo an operation; although at present the specialist is reasonably confident that will not be the case, so it is simply a case of wait and see!
"Naturally we are very disappointed to hear of his injuries and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. We are certainly weaker without him as we go through the play-offs, and his rides can only be covered by the two reserves and Rusty under the rider replacement facility, which we are now stuck with to the end of the season. That is far from ideal obviously, but you are not allowed to sign a rider after 31st August; a situation that other teams such as Newcastle have also found themselves in as a consequence of late season injuries.
"Tero has the knack of just pulling a race win out of the hat when you really need it - and he was very much looking forward to visiting Ipswich this week: on our last visit there he was the only Comets rider to beat their number one rider Ben Barker," reflected Jackson.
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Last Updated : Wed 25 Sep 2013, 07:43 UK