Cases Somerset Rebels captain Jason Doyle will miss the rest of the season after breaking a bone in his neck during a fall in yesterday's Premier League Riders' Championship.
Doyle was taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital after receiving lengthy on-track treatment following the crash in the final.
Extensive tests and x-rays revealed the Rebels No.1 had broken a bone in his neck, which will take between six and eight weeks to heal.
The injury rules Doyle out of Somerset's League Cup and play-off finals.
“Whilst this is an obvious blow for the team, our first and main thoughts are with Doyley,” said Somerset Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock.
"The weekend started out so well with us qualifying for the Premier League Championship Final but, instead of celebrating, we are having to come to terms that we will be contesting both that and our League Cup Final without Jason and that his season is now at an end.
“The hospital says that the break is not serious and he doesn’t appear to have suffered any other damage apart from some bruising in the rib area, and that the break should heal naturally over the next six to eight weeks without the need for any operation.
"During which time Doyley will have to wear a neck support, but he is determined to be in the pits geeing the rest of the boys along when we do contest those finals, and knowing him as I do, I wouldn’t bet against him being there!”
Doyle's fall occurred during a rerun of yesterday's final at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium.
In the first staging of the race, the Rebels rider was holding a comfortable lead and seemingly on his way to lifting the title when Workington’s Rene Bach came to grief, causing a stoppage.
The Dane was excluded from the re-run, in which Doyle was challenging Anders Mellgren for second place when he fell.
The Rebels skipper is hoping to leave hospital today once his 'made to measure' neck support has been fitted.