Bandits hope Bellego fit enough to return to side

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After almost two weeks without any racing, Berwick return to action this weekend with two meetings in the space of 24 hours.

On Friday the Bandits travel to take on Edinburgh at Armadale, before facing their other Scottish rivals Glasgow at Shielfield on Saturday.

Berwick are still sweating on the fitness of David Bellego.

The in-form Frenchman was injured when he took a heavy tumble in the final of the Four Team Tournament at Peterborough two weeks ago.

He sustained a few bumps and bruises after he was involved in a three-man spill, but Berwick are hopeful he will be fit enough to ride.

However, Dane Nicki Barrett, who suffered a dislocated shoulder is still not ready to return and Berwick will again use a guest replacement as cover at reserve.

Adam Ellis rides for Ipswich in the Premier League and he will race for the Bandits in both their meetings against the Monarchs and the Tigers.

Team manager Ian Rae said: “Edinburgh is always a difficult place to go, but Newcastle won there last week so we will go there with a certain level of optimism.

“Adam had a good meeting there for Ipswich earlier in the season so we will be hoping for a repeat performance.

“Glasgow will also be a test and this is likely to be the last ever visit of both Joe Screen and James Grieves, who have announced their retirement at the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, former Berwick number one Sebastian Alden has decided to quit British speedway and return to his native Sweden.

Alden, who is still a Bandits’ asset, left the Borderers to join Elite League King’s Lynn at the start of this season and only recently agreed a deal to double up with Plymouth in the Premier League.

His decision, which he claims is for ‘personal reasons,’ has rocked both the Devils and the Stars.

Plymouth manager Lee Trigger said: “Seb was very apologetic but feels he cannot carry on in the UK any longer. This leaves Plymouth back where we started but I will continue to search for suitable riders to strengthen our team as I always have done but, as you might imagine, it is not the easiest of tasks.”

King’s Lynn boss Rob Lyon added: “We have to respect his decision and move on. We have opened discussions with another rider and hopefully we will be in a position to announce something very soon.”

Rae added: “I am sorry to hear Seb has decided to quit Britain at this stage of the season. Things just haven’t worked out for him this year but we wish him all the best for the future.”