COOK FACES INJURY WAIT

Great Britain star Craig Cook admits he faces a wait to discover if he will require surgery to fix the wrist injuries that ended his 2018 season.

The Cumbrian crashed out of the German SGP in Teterow on September 22 and it was initially feared he had suffered a broken wrist.

He was forced out of the Torun SGP on October 6 while doctors in the UK worked to confirm the extent of the damage.

IT’S JUST GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO GET HEALED, BUT HOPEFULLY I DON’T NEED AN OPERATION.

And despite initial claims there were no breaks, his fears have been confirmed. He said: “I had an X-ray right after Germany. They told me I had a couple of bones broken, but the language barrier was a bit awkward.

“Then I had two X-rays in the UK and they said there was nothing broken. I felt there was something broken – the doctor told me in Germany that there was a break. The British doctors said it was very hard to see because of the swelling.

“I finally got booked in for an MRI scan and got the results recently that there are broken bones. I’ve got to wait a few weeks and see what happens.

“The doctor says that if it doesn’t heal properly, I could have to have an operation. They said there was a break to my scaphoid and at the end of my humerus – there’s a bit chipped off there.

“It’s just going to take a little bit of time to get healed, but hopefully I don’t need an operation.”

If Cook avoids going under the knife, he’s keen to get back to work and put some time in on the testing track if the weather holds off as he bids to hit the ground racing for the 2019 season.

The Whitehaven-born man, who finished 16th in the World Championship, said: “A lot of what I have done since the crash is very encouraging for next year. We’ve got a lot done and built things to test.

“If I am good to go soon, maybe I can get over to Steve Lawson’s track if I ask him nicely and maybe he will let me have a go there if the weather stays off. We’ll see if we can get some testing done.

“The season didn’t end the way I wanted it to end, but it is what it is. I am still focused and I’ll be ready for next year.”

Craig Cook