Apr 20 2010 By Fraser Wilson
ROBERT KSIEZAK has spoken of his relief that the horrific smash which is set to sideline him from speedway action for at least a month wasn't even more serious.
The Glasgow Tigers star, picured in action at Ashfield, was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after crashing out at Berwick Bandits on Saturday.
Supporters and team mates feared the worst after the 23-year-old Aussie and his bike went hurtling through the air and smashed into the track-side fence at Shielfield.
Tigers manager Stewart Dickson described the high speed horror as the worst crash he had witnessed in his 30 years involvement with the sport.
However, Ksiezak escaped serious injury and is back home recovering from a bruised kidney and an injured knee.
Speaking to the Glaswegian on Tuesday, the Aussie ace said: "It's definitely one of the biggest crashes I have been involved in.
"My knee is a concern but I have to admit I'm pretty lucky to get away with what I have suffered.
"I remember the crash. I was on the inside and was trying to move to the outside. But Paul Clews has come round the outside at the same time.
"I just clipped his back wheel and my bike has taken off and slammed into the fence. It was a high speed crash but thankfully I remember everything.
"My whole right side is sore as that is the side which took the impact. My kidney is bruised on the right side and it's my right knee which is damaged."
While thankful the outcome wasn't any more serious, Ksiezak admits there's still some concern as to the extent of damage to his right knee.
He was due to attend another session with physio John Porteous this afternoon but is none the wiser as to the length of time he can expect to spend on the sidelines.
"They said at the hospital there's no break but they will have to wait a few days for the swelling to go down to determine if there's any ligament or soft tissue damage," he revealed.
"With it being my right knee - the one I put all my weight on - it's a bit more serious. But I don't know how long I will be out for at this stage."
Ksiezak has, however, been perked up by the messages of goodwill from the ever-supportive Tigers fans.
"I've had none-stop texts, e-mails and phone calls wishing me well which is really nice," he said.
"The supporters are great and hopefully I will be at Ashfield on Sunday for the Edinburgh meeting to see a few of them."
Pic: Ian Adam