JASON Doyle will ride through the pain barrier against Belle Vue this evening after refusing medical treatment on a jaw injury he suffered in Poland.
The Australian suffered the injury as he crashed in his Polish club Rybnik’s fixture away at Rawicz on Sunday afternoon, but refused to go to hospital for treatment despite thinking he had broken his jaw.
Doyle subsequently travelled back to Britain in pain, but despite still not having had the injury checked out at hospital has declared himself fit to ride against the Elite League’s bottom club tonight.
“I was riding for my Polish club Rybnik on Sunday and I was having a decent meeting before I went out for my fourth ride, and the track had been a bit rough all afternoon,” he said.
“We were going into the corner and my teammate decided to ride in straight line, and pretty much took me out, crunching my face as we went down.
“When I got up I found I couldn’t even open my jaw and I was in a lot of pain, and I thought it was broken.
“I didn’t really want to go to the hospital with it because I have been to that same hospital before when I dislocated my shoulder there, and they pretty much killed me when I went there before and I didn’t really want to have to go there again.
“The journey back to England wasn’t great because I was in a lot of pain, and I didn’t go to the hospital in the end even though it is still a bit sore.
“I don’t think it is broken now though because I can open my mouth a bit, so hopefully it will be okay.”
Doyle will have to ride through the pain this evening against the lowly Aces, but is not expecting his injury to cause him too many problems.
“After the accident I didn’t think I was going to be able to ride for quite a while, but when you crash it is always best to see how you feel the following day, and that is what I did,” he said.
“I really don’t want to be missing any Swindon meetings at all because I have missed enough already when I have been riding for Somerset, so there was no way I was going to pull out if I was able to ride.
“I will have to wait and see what the pain is like when I get my helmet on, but I can’t wait to get back on the bike.”
Doyle knows the home side will be in for a tough evening, despite the Aces being well adrift at the foot of the table.
“If anyone goes into the meeting thinking it is going to be easy we could get turned over, and that nearly happened to us when we rode against Birmingham,” he said.
“We beat them on their track earlier in the season and thought it would be easy at home, but it ended up being one of our hardest meetings of the season.
“If we do that again we could end up getting beaten, so we all need to be at our best.”