Local speedway rider Liam Carr has revealed how he expects to be sidelined for ‘a considerable length of time’ after sustaining serious knee injuries recently.
Carr, who started out the season with home-town Berwick, was riding as a guest for Sheffield when he crashed at the Yorkshire side’s Owlerton track a fortnight ago.
“I have damaged both the cruciate ligaments in my right knee and the tendons have also snapped,” he said.
“I also dislocated my knee and I was in some pain.
“I have been told it will be six to nine months before I am even able to walk properly again, so I don’t think I will be back on a bike for a while.
“My leg is in plaster at the moment, I am on crutches and I am due to have an operation, but I don’t know exactly when that will be.
“This season is a write-off now, but it also looks like I will miss a lot of next season as well. I will be sidelined for a considerable time.”
Father Lee said: “It’s a bad injury and I have told him he can’t take any chances. I don’t think he will be back on a bike for at least 16 months.”
Carr said losing his place in the Berwick team to the returning Alex Edberg had ‘added to the blow,’ but it has not put him off the sport.
“I want to come back fitter and stronger,” he said.
“Ironically, this has come at a time when I was just starting to find some form.
“I had been having a few problems with my engine, but I had been scoring a few points with Buxton in the National League when this happened.
“I haven’t cut all my ties with Berwick - I am sure I will be back riding for the Bandits one day.”