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It gets worse for Eagles as Nilsson is crocked
Trevor Geer has urged his depleted Eastbourne side to upset the odds at Arlington tonight.
Eagles will track just THREE of their normal team as they host in-form derby rivals Lakeside (7.30pm).
Boss Geer saw his problems increase when Kim Nilsson was injured in last night’s 56-37 defeat away to the Hammers.
Nilsson, who was going well with five points from his first two rides, was involved in a heat-six incident which also saw home rider Seb Ulamek suffer a bad injury.
Initial reports from Essex varied as to whether Nilsson had broken his foot or ankle.
He was rushed to Basildon hospital and Geer believed he had also suffered injuries to his leg.
Ulamek sustained a broken collarbone but Eagles skipper Cameron Woodward, who was also involved, walked away unhurt. No rider was to blame for the crash.
Nicolai Klindt, who was recently axed by Peterborough, will ride in Nilsson's place at reserve tonight.
Eagles were already missing Woodward (longtrack GP), Mikkel Michelsen (World Under-21 Championship) and Lukas Dryml (shoulder).
Stuart Robson and Richie Worrall ride as guests while Eagles operate rider-replacement for Woodward.
Ulamek was not due to ride for Hammers tonight but his injury has cost him his place in the European Championship meeting.
Eagles manager Geer said of the crash: “It was first-bend bunching.
“It was such a shame for Kim because he has been going well so for us. He is getting better and better and is really enjoying riding for Eastbourne.”
Bjarne Pedersen, Timo Lahti and Simon Gustafsson are the three regular Eagles who will be in action tonight.
Lahti was easily the pick of the bunch with 16 points from seven rides, including a double-points win.
Eagles, though, were never in the hunt for even a losing bonus point.
They now face a two-way battle with Belle Vue to avoid the wooden spoon after Coventry and Peterborough both picked up three points.
Geer added: “Timo didn’t look good at the start of the meeting but he won his tactical ride and it was good to see him getting sorted out.
“It will be tough at home but who knows? “Richie can ride our place well and Robbo gets stuck in and isn’t frightened to mix it.”
Lakeside: Karlsson 13 (5), Bridger 11+1 (5), Watt 9 (4), Swiderski 8+2 (4), Doolan 8+2 (6), Lawson 5+2 (5), Ulamek 2+1 (1).
Eagles: Lahti 16^ (7), Pedersen 8 (5), Woodward 5+1^ (6), Nilsson 5 (2), Gustafsson 2+1 (5), Michelsen 1+1 (5), Dryml r/r.