Scunthorpe Scorpions' Josh Auty will ride through the pain
Josh Auty will ride through the pain barrier this weekend in a bid to see Scunthorpe through to the play-off final.
The Scorpions suffered an injury scare just days before the three meetings which will decide their season when Auty damaged his hand while racing in the Elite League play-offs for Birmingham on Monday night.
Initial fears it was broken were eased by an X-ray but the Scunthorpe number one is still in pain.
"It was a very worrying time for us," said promoter Rob Godfrey.
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"Josh was riding for Birmingham and went into the air fence. He was thrown off his bike and his hand got trapped.
"Nothing was broken and it's still hurting him, but he's said he's going to ride through the pain.
"We need him, we need all of them.
"We can go with one guest and rider replacement but I wouldn't be confident going with two guests and R/R.
"I'm a lot happier knowing Josh is going to ride."
Scunthorpe will use former Workington rider Kevin Doolan as a guest for the trip to Edinburgh tomorrow (Friday) and against his old club 24 hours later.
On Sunday, one-time Scorpions captain Richard Hall will step into the side for a crunch clash against the Comets at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
"Richard had a nightmare meeting as a guest for us a few months ago, but it was wet that night. He'll be better with a bit of grip on, which there will be on Sunday.
"I've explained to him how important it is and he's really up for it. I'm sure he'll do the job," said Godfrey, who has called on fans to turn out in force to support Scunthorpe.
"We need all fans to get behind us, we need a big turnout, we need them to cheer us on.
"This is a war cry from me to get down there on Sunday.
"The team needs you this weekend, Scunthorpe needs you."