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BRIAN ANDERSEN: Rotten luck, but don't write me off; SPEEDWAY.

I CAN'T believe I'm laid up yet again and missing out on important Coventry meetings. It never rains without pouring when it comes to my injuries, but talk that I won't ride again this season is a touch premature.

That decision will not be taken until I have seen the Brandon track doctor, Peter Kenyon, and heard from a specialist in Sweden who is looking at my X-rays. It seems certain that I will need another operation on my right collar-bone, possibly even a bone graft this time, but it could wait until the season is over.

If that's the case, then I would hope to carry on riding, but I don't know how soon I will be back. Although the collar-bone itself isn't feeling too bad, I am sore all over after Tuesday's crash and in no real state to race at the moment.

The crash itself was a pretty bad one. I was having a real battle with Mikael Karlsson and we had swapped places a couple of times as we went into the last lap.

The track was in a bad condition and I seemed to hit a groove and take off for the fence. I tried to get off the bike, but as I shifted my weight onto the back wheel, it seemed to make things worse.

I tried to turn my body as I hit the fence almost head on and I feel I am lucky that the crash was in Sweden.

The safety fences there are some of the best in the world and that helped me avoid any serious injuries. I dread to think what would have happened had it been somewhere like Peterborough!

For a time, I felt I had broken my shoulder blade as the pain was so bad. The X-rays on my collar-bone showed that the gap between the old break has opened up again, but I'm not 100 per cent sure whether it was directly from the accident, or from just riding over the past few months.

You can almost put your little finger in the gap and it's obviously something that needs sorting out once and for all.

The specialist looking at my X-rays in Stockholm is one of the best surgeons in Sweden and I will listen carefully to what both he and Dr Kenyon have to say.

I obviously don't want to do any more damage to the collar-bone, but I also want to ride again this season if it's possible to do so.

At the moment I am in limbo waiting for their verdicts, and keeping my fingers crossed that the team can secure the right results at Belle Vue tonight, and at home to Poole tomorrow.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Andersen, Brian
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 13, 1999
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