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Kylmakorpi injured on bad night for Eagles
Joonas Kylmakorpi was rushed to hospital as Eastbourne were thrashed in Norfolk last night.
The Eagles No.1 suffered a cracked collarbone and damage to a shoulder after crashing on bend one of the opening race at King’s Lynn.
He was having scans while his colleagues were losing 59-31.
There is no confirmation as yet as to how long he will be sidelined but he definitely misses the Easter programme.
Davey Watt of Lakeside will guest at No.1 when Eagles host King's Lynn next Monday.
Kylmakorpi got in a tangle with Daniel Nermark, who later also withdrew from the meeting.
Nermark, then with Birmingham, was at fault in the crash which ended Lukas Dryml’s 2011 season but Eagles laid no blame with him this time.
Boss Trevor Geer said: “It was first bend bunching and Joonas had nowhere to go. I wouldn’t blame anyone.
“Joonas was in a lot of pain. They were giving him morphine and gas and had to cut his clothing off.
“There was no head injury, which is amazing looking at the state of his crash heltmet.”
Lewis Bridger provided Eastbourne’s only heat win in thrilling style in heat six, handing Niels-Kristian Iversen his only defeat of the night in the process, but Lynn had 5-1s in each of the last five races.
Mads Korneliusson completed a paid maximum for the hosts and David Howe shone at reserve.
Geer said: “We never made a gate all night. There’s is nothing we can take from the evening.”
King’s Lynn: Howe 16 (6), Korneliusson 12+3 (5), Iversen 13+1 (5), Wolbert 8+1 (4), Janowski 7+2 (4), Nermark 3 (2), Toft 0 (4).
Eagles: Gustafsson 8^ (5), Bridger 7+1 (5), Gizatullin 5+1 (7), Dryml 5 (4), Woodward 3+2 (4), Lahti 3+2 (5), Kylmakorpi 0 (1).
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