Darcy Ward: Injured Speedway rider set to be flown to UK

Darcy Ward
Darcy Ward crashed in the final heat of Zielona Gora's meeting against Grudziadz on Sunday

Darcy Ward is set to be flown to England to continue treatment following a serious crash in Poland.

The Australian, on loan to Elite League Swindon from Poole Pirates, suffered spinal injuries during Zielona Gora's meeting against Grudziadz on Sunday.

Ward, 23, underwent a two-and-a-half-hour operation in Poland where doctors described his condition as stable.

Zielona Gora officials earlier confirmed his family are not disclosing the full details of his condition.

During a news conference, club doctor Robert Zapotoczny said Ward's health had improved since Monday.

"The case is difficult, but there is a glimmer of hope," he said.

"Hope you cannot take from anybody. Now Darcy faces a very, very intensive process of rehabilitation, psychologically and physically."

Poole Pirates promoter Neil Middleditch and rider Chris Holder have been by Ward's bedside since Monday.

Ward recently returned from a 10-month ban after failing a breathalyser test in August 2014 and signed for Swindon in July.

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