Birks' season is over
THE Robins will have to do without reserve Ashley Birks for the rest of the season after the youngster broke his back in two places last night.
Birks was involved in a crash during the Westernapolis Individual meeting at Plymouth on Friday, and was taken to hospital where the back injury was confirmed.
The Yorkshireman this morning tweeted that he had feeling in his arms and legs, but not his chest, and that he is having surgery this morning to insert two rods into his back.
He tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages #speedwayfamily. I've badly broken my back in 2 places but luckily have feeling in my legs and arms, only in my chest area I can't feel. Waiting to have an op for 2 rods down my spine. Thanks everyone.! Cya all soon x x x."
Robins boss Alun Rossiter is now searching for a guest for Monday's Elite League play-off semi-final first leg clash with Poole, but was quick to send his best wishes to Birks.
He said: “It’s devastating for Ashley and we wish him well for his operation and hope he is up and about as soon as possible.
“It means we have to bring in a guest at reserve and I’m working on that immediately, but naturally our thoughts at the moment are with Ashley.”
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