The Hammers will now run R/R for Richard as Steve Worrall is ineligible to guest.
Lakeside boss Will Pottinger admits it’s a “big blow” to lose Richard Lawson on the eve of crucial trip to Workington.
The consistent Hammers star has been hit with illness that has forced him to withdraw from the trip to Cumbria, which is now a 7.30pm start.
However the Essex side have moved swiftly to draft in Steve Worrall as a guest against potential Play-Off rivals Comets.
Pottinger said: “It’s not an ideal situation to lose Richard, it’s a big blow. But obviously it’s more important that he recovers from illness and not race if he’s only 50 per cent.
“Richard is a former Workington rider and track specialist so it isn’t good news. However, Steve is a very good replacement.
“He’s come back to fitness remarkably well since a broken leg and was unbeaten in his first four rides for Belle Vue earlier in the week.
“It’s another massive meeting for the team. You always have to deal with problems like this in a long season, we just have to get on with it.
“Workington are very good on their home track but we are in-form as well and I’m confident wherever we go with our team.
“It should be a cracking meeting with two top teams. The target is to leave Cumbria with at least a point but we want all four.”
1.Nicolai Klindt, 2.Rasmus Jensen, 3.Dan Bewley, 4.Mason Campton, 5.Ty Proctor, 6.Kyle Bickley, 7.Rene Bach.
1.Steve Worrall, 2.Zach Wajtknecht, 3.Adam Ellis, 4.Kyle Newman, 5.Nick Morris, 6.Ben Morley, 7.Alfie Bowtell
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