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VACULIK SET FOR SKIN GRAFT

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits he’s awaiting news on a possible comeback date as he faces a second operation on his broken ankle.

17 / 04 / 2018, 12:48

Slovak star Martin Vaculik admits he’s awaiting news on a possible comeback date as he faces a second operation on his broken ankle.

The Leicester No.1 sustained the injury in a third-bend pile-up in his first ever SGB Premiership race at Lions’ aborted trip to Swindon last Thursday.

My skin just needs to be fixed. I’m waiting for a few more days at the hospital to make sure that will be okay. Then I can fly home. I will probably go home next week.

Martin Vaculik

The meeting was halted after Robins skipper Nick Morris fell unaided on a slippery Blunsdon track, with Vaculik and team mate Michael Palm Toft tangling behind him as mist and drizzle made conditions treacherous.

Vaculik required gas and air to relieve the pain before being taken to hospital. He was transferred to Bristol where he underwent surgery to fix the broken bones and he now requires another operation to perform a skin graft.

The Zarnovica-born ace remains upbeat, despite facing a huge battle to be fit for the opening FIM Speedway Grand Prix round in Warsaw on May 12.

“The doctors are happy,” he said, speaking from his hospital bed. “With the surgery on the bones, everything is how it should be.

“My skin just needs to be fixed. I’m waiting for a few more days at the hospital to make sure that will be okay. Then I can fly home. I will probably go home next week.

“The problem with breaking your ankle is that the skin is so close to the bones and they can sometimes damage the skin. It damaged the skin, so the old skin needs to be removed and they’ll put some new skin on.

“Everything was pretty standard surgery for a broken ankle. The doctors say it will be weeks before the bones stick together. Then I can start training, but for now I can’t put any pressure on the foot.

“We will have to wait until the second surgery is done. Then I will have an idea about when I’ll be back.”

 

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