Eastbourne Speedway promoter Jon Cook was today (April 18) trying to put a team together for Friday's home match against Oxford.

His plans were thrown into confusion were news came that heatleader Adam Shields had suffered a serious injury while riding in Poland.

Shields is thought to have broken his pelvis and will be out of action for some time.

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Eastbourne were going into the match (8pm start) without former world champion Nicki Pedersen, who is riding the next day in the Slovenian GP.

Peter Karlsson has been booked as a guest to replace Pedersen for the match.

Eastbourne have already lost Brent Werner with a broken collarbone and have drafted in Andrew Appleton as a temporary replacement.

It is not known at this stage what Cook will do to cover Shields' absence.