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SNOW BLOW FOR BATES

Double British Under-21 champion Josh Bates is set to undergo surgery in South Yorkshire after suffering a back injury when sledging.

02 / 03 / 2018, 11:33

Double British Under-21 champion Josh Bates is set to undergo surgery in South Yorkshire after suffering a back injury when sledging.

The Leicester and Sheffield man was out having fun with pals on the slopes when he landed on a brick under the snow and was left in agony.

It has now been confirmed he has broken a vertebrae and will miss the start of the season – but the full extent of the injury will only be established during surgery.

According to Sheffield, he has full movement in his legs and hopes are high for a swift recovery.

Lions and Tigers owner Damien Bates, his uncle, said: “It’s a massive blow of course, for Josh himself and the two clubs he’s signed up for.

“Thankfully he has full movement and at best we are looking at six to eight weeks off the bike, but until the operation has been concluded, we don’t know for sure.

“And until we know the full extent of his absence, both Sheffield and Leicester will hold back on deciding on temporary replacements.”

 

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