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MAGIC COMEBACK IN WARSAW?

Polish racer Maciej Janowski has set his sights on an extraordinary track comeback at the Boll Warsaw SGP on May 18.

09 / 05 / 2019, 10:47

Polish racer Maciej Janowski has set his sights on an extraordinary track comeback at the Boll Warsaw SGP on May 18.

Janowski badly damaged shoulder ligaments when he crashed in a PGE Ekstraliga match for Wroclaw in Grudziadz last Friday. He underwent surgery yesterday to have a plate inserted and now faces a race against time to be ready for the World Championship opener at PGE Narodowy.

I cannot guarantee that I will start the GP in Warsaw, but I promise that it is possible and that I will do everything to make it happen, provided I do not risk mine and my colleagues' health.

Maciej Janowski

It was initially hinted Janowski could be facing a three-month break from racing, but with the plate stabilising the injury, Magic hopes to reduce that time dramatically and make a miraculous comeback.

The former Poole favourite makes no guarantees he will take his place in Warsaw, where he has been runner-up in the past two seasons.

But he’s crossing his fingers for good news on his recovery. He told redbull.com: “Let's wait and see – but not for long. I think that at the beginning of next week I will know more and then I will try to decide whether I will try to start.

“I know it is possible. Of course, we are talking about a human being, serious surgery etc., but the chance that everything will go much faster than speculated is very large.

“I cannot guarantee that I will start the GP in Warsaw, but I promise that it is possible and that I will do everything to make it happen, provided I do not risk mine and my colleagues' health.”

Janowski hopes a winter of hard training will give his body the edge as it bids to repair quickly. He said: “I know what my body is capable of and what challenges it can cope with. This is also the result of a hard grind, mainly in winter. Hard work in the dead months can pay off right now, when my body will have to face an important task. And it will deal with it, I know it.”

Janowski could have treated the injury without surgery or a plate. But he opted for metalwork to ensure the quickest possible comeback.

He said: “It’s an old, proven, speedway way. I told the doctor that I had a maximum of a month. But that's maximum!

“With a proper procedure and a little bit of luck, it allows you to get back to fitness faster. The bones will be joined rigidly and this joint may be slightly less mobile, but after a few months the patient should recover. Then they can take it out.”

 

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