We bring you the latest update about Nicolai’s injury.
As most of you probably know, Nicolai was involved in a crash Sunday 4th of June, in Daugavpils, Latvia, where a young Russian rider lost control of his bike and drove straight into the side of him.
First he complained about back pain, which later got the all clear, but the major concern was a very bad concussion.
After an MRI scan in Ostrow in Poland, he then went to Denmark Wednesday night to see the owner of EmCare Sports Clinic in Esbjerg. From there he was sent to Hamlet, which is a Private Hospital for another MRI scan and a consultation with a surgeon. This scan showed: torn ACL, partially torn MCL, damage on the inside and the outside meniscus, cartilage damage on the tibia as well as a crack in the bone.
Since Thursday he has had daily rehab and treatment, sometimes twice a day. It has mainly been Christian Søborg who has been looking after Nicolai at the EmCare clinic and it has been very very useful. Already after 2 weeks of treatment he has got the swelling down which means Nicolai will be able to get on the bike within the next week, if all goes to plan.
The injuries Nicolai has managed to do to his knee, would mean an immediate operation and 9-12 months of rehabilitation to be fully fit if he was a footballer. Luckily in speedway, you are not running around, but standing in a foot-peg for 1 minute at a time, which is the reason why Nicolai can ride so soon. With the right stability from tape, bandage and a special knee-brace, it should be safe enough to be able to ride for the rest of the season.
It is very important that Nicolai get back in the saddle as soon as possible, to be as ready as possible for Round 1 of the Speedway European Championship on the 30th of June in Torun, Poland. Until now he has been out for 10 meetings, which is a lot of meetings to a speedway rider.
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