WOFFY'S GORZOW GAMBLE
British hotshot Tai Woffinden admits another crash in the Gorzow SGP on Saturday could land him back on the operating table.
12 / 06 / 2013, 11:56
British hotshot Tai Woffinden admits another crash in the Gorzow SGP on Saturday could land him back on the operating table as he decides whether or not to delay his track comeback.
The 22-year-old is recovering from surgery on the shattered collarbone he sustained in the Fogo British SGP on June 1, but has not withdrawn from the event and will leave his fitness call as late as he can.
Woffinden’s injury has been plated and he has been warned he could dislodge the metalwork if he crashes at the Edward Jancarz Stadium.
But with the Scunthorpe-born star only eight points off World Championship leader Emil Sayfutdinov, he is understandably reluctant to accept the prospect of failing to score on Saturday.
The doctor said it will take six to eight weeks for it to be fully healed. I don’t know. I’m probably thinking three. I’m undecided about Gorzow. I’ll wait and see how I feel.
Woffinden said: “The doctor said it will take six to eight weeks for it to be fully healed. I don’t know. I’m probably thinking three. I’m undecided about Gorzow. I’ll wait and see how I feel.
“The surgeon said the plate is holding the bone together, but if I pulled it, there is a high chance the screws will pull out which would be a drama. That would mean me having another operation.
“I’m in an awesome position and I don’t want to let it slip. I’m surprised I’m still in second, to be fair. I was pretty gutted when I crashed, so I was a bit shocked to come out of hospital still in second.
"But we’ll just have to wait and see whether I can ride at the weekend.”
Woffinden is still upbeat after celebrating his first ever Grand Prix triumph in the Mitas Czech SGP in Prague on May 18, as well as the fortune he raised for Cancer Research UK in memory of his late father and mentor Rob, when he cycled from Wolverhampton to Cardiff.
The British champion is doing everything in his power to make his recovery as speedy as possible.
He said: “It’s part of the job. You get over it and get on with it. The sooner I’m back on a bike, the better. I want to be back racing for Wolverhampton and Wroclaw and in the World Championship again.
“Time is of the essence at the moment. I really need to let it heal, but I’m second in the world and I don’t want to let that slip. It’s a tough one. I’ve got a broken bone and I’m in pain – that’s a factor in it as well.
“Over the last week, I’ve been focusing on eating all healthy food – no bread or pasta, or any of that rubbish. I’m giving my body everything it needs to recover, but I can only do so much. Then it’s down to my body to do the rest.
“I’ve had some laser treatment and magnetic field therapy. I had a bit physio on my neck on Monday, Tuesday and today. I have been in an oxygen chamber every day this week. I hope it all pays off.”