Edberg back in the saddle

ALEX Edberg is set to make a sensational return for Berwick this weekend three months after he suffered multiple injuries which many thought might end his debut season with the Bandits.

The Swede suffered a punctured lung, broken collarbone, a broken bone in his back, plus facial injuries, when he crashed heavily at Shielfield back in July.

He was thrown at high speed into the safety fence down the home straight after clipping the back wheel of an opponents in the home meeting against Rye House.

He spent several weeks in hospital, and was only allowed out for a short time in a wheelchair to watch the following weekend’s home meeting.

But after returning home to Sweden he made a quicker than expected recovery and over the past few weeks he has been back in action, practicing in his homeland.

Fellow countryman Ludvig Lindgren was signed as a temporary injury replacement and like Edberg became an instant hit with the Shielfield fans.

His best meeting probably came just two weeks ago when he emerged as a potential winner of the Bordernapolis handicap, only to be pipped to the £1,000 first prize by another of his countrymen, Sebastian Alden.

“Ludvig did a very good job for us,” admitted team manager Ian Rae, “but he always knew that it was only a temporary arrangement and that if and when Alex returned to fitness he would be moving on and returning to his parent club Wolverhampton.

“Personally, I would like to thank Ludvig very much for what he has done for us, but I’m sure he didn’t want to end his spell at Berwick in the manner he did.”

Lindgren was due to race his last meetings for the Bandits at the weekend - home to Workington on Saturday and away to Newcastle on Sunday.

But he crashed heavily in the 52-41 home win over the Comets, demolishing four panels in the safety fence as he flew at high speed into the first turn during heat eight.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene and was removed from the track by ambulance, before being transferred to hospital for further examination.

Latest indications are that Lindgren suffered concussion and a possible ankle knock.

As a result he missed Sunday’s visit to Tyneside when the Bandits amazingly surrendered a six point lead over the last three heats, going down to a disappointing 47-43 defeat.

Bandits went into that meeting with only six riders - using rider replacement for Lindgren - but with Edberg back in the team Berwick hope to be at full strength for this weekend’s southern tour which will see them ride three meetings in three days.

They are at Plymouth on Friday, Newport on Saturday and Rye House on Sunday.

That will only leave the outstanding home meeting against Newport to re-arrange. At the time of going to press there is still no official announcement yet as to when that might be.

* Berwick’s Linus Eklof was called up as a guest to ride for Belle Vue this week in their KO Cup Final against Poole.