Elite League Speedway: Poole Pirates' Darcy Ward suffers anterior cruciate ligament injury
Poole Pirates star Darcy Ward could be ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing ligaments in his left knee.
Last Updated: 09/05/14 3:22pm
The 21-year-old's world title hopes could now be dashed as he embarks on an intense course of physiotherapy.
Queenslander Ward confirmed he would not take part in club racing over the next few weeks, focusing solely on the next two rounds of the GP series in Finland and Prague.
Ward told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: "At the moment I'm looking to go to the next Grand Prix to find out a bit more about what I can do on a bike.
"To be honest, I'm not expecting it to be very good but would like to give it two weeks after the next Grand Prix to see where I am. After that, if I'm not 100 per cent or if I'm not at least comfortable riding the bike the way I want to then I'll have decisions to make.
"There's a possibility my season is over. I have still been riding but it was not comfortable and I don't feel confident riding the way I have to ride to nurture my leg.
"The Grand Prix will give me something to look forward to and aim for. If I make good progress then I feel I can be back full-time in three weeks but at the moment I don't know where I'm going to be."
Meanwhile, Pirates have signed 23-year-old Stoke rider Ben Hopwood on a month-long contract to fill the role left by the axed Lee Smart.