Josh Auty and Nick Morris to miss Scunthorpe Scorpions' play-off meeting at Edinburgh
Scunthorpe Scorpions have suffered a huge blow in their bid to reach their first-ever Premier League play-off final.
Key riders Nick Morris and Josh Auty will both miss tonight's trip to Edinburgh - and may also be absent for their weekend meetings with Workington.
Both riders have been left battered and bruised after crashing during last night's televised Elite League play-off meeting between Swindon and Birmingham.
Promoter Rob Godfrey and team manager Richard Hollingsworth have secured the services of Poole’s Sam Masters and Sheffield’s former Scorpion Joe Haines as guests for the long trip up north to Armadale.
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“Obviously this is a big and untimely blow," admitted Hollingsworth.
“Our thanks go to Sam Masters and Joe Haines for accepting a last minute booking for a meeting up in Scotland.
“It’s 50/50 whether Josh and Nick will be fit for the two Workington meetings on Saturday and Sunday.
“But we are certainly not giving up on the dream of reaching the play-off final, and we will be fighting for every single point over the weekend".
Auty was already planning to ride through the pain barrier in Scotland, having suffered a hand injury while riding for Birmingham on Monday.
It is more bad luck in a season full of injury blows for the Scorpions, who are also missing captain David Howe and Thomas Jorgensen.
They will use rider replacement for Auty at Armadale, Haines will gues for Jorgensen, Doolan for Howe and Masters for Morris.
REVISED LINE-UP: 1 Josh Auty R/R, 2 Joe Haines, 3 Kevin Doolan, 4 Ashley Birks, 5 Sam Masters, 6 Michael Palm Toft, 7 Gary Irving.