Berwick Bandits are rejoicing this morning with every fresh piece of news to come out about their injured Swede Alex Edberg getting better and better.
On Saturday night, the 20-year-old was involved in a freak high-speed and shocking crash which saw him fire into the fourth-bend fencing. He was subsequently whisked off to Wansbeck Hospital with the management left fearing the worst.
But miracles really do happen – even in speedway – and this morning there are a good many smiles around north Northumberland and the Borders.
Edberg was transferred on Monday to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he underwent surgery to fix his collarbone break and the chipped bone at the base of his back.
Team manager Ian Rae reported: “Alex’s doctors have said his surgery has been a complete success.
“He has full movement in all his limbs. His collarbone has been plated and pinned, and his back has been fixed up. His broken ribs will heal in time and his punctured lung has re-inflated and basically put itself right, and his cuts and lacerations to his forehead are certainly no problem at all.
“All indications are that he will be fully and completely fit in around 12 weeks, but has been advised to keep off the bikes for a further three months.
“Considering what we all saw on Saturday and what we secretly feared, well, to be standing here now, just two days later, and seeing and hearing what we are is stunning. It is unbelievable – and so very, very pleasing.”
Saturday’s accident saw the Premier League meeting between Bandits and Rye House Rockets at Shielfield abandoned after 13 heats due to the strict 9.30pm curfew, but a crucial final win by Lee Complin saw the home team edge into a 40-30 lead which will stand, much to the relief of the home supporters.