Rory Schlein has been sidelined after suffering a spinal injury.

Rory Schlein is expected to be a long-term absentee after suffering a spinal injury in Poland.

The King’s Lynn Stars captain suffered a nasty fall in the first race of the Lodz v Daugavpils Polish League fixture on Sunday and joins two other Lynn riders on the sidelines.

He was rushed to hospital but successfully came through a six-hour operation to insert screws into his damaged backbone.

Schlein thanked fans for their get-well wishes but said he was under doctor’s orders to remain flat on his back for at least a week to aid his recovery.

With Schlein among three injury absentees for Monday’s Elite League match at Coventry, the Stars went down 57-33.

Kenneth Bjerre and Lewis Kerr were also missing and, although the depleted visitors fought hard, they could not stop the rampant league leaders who pulled clear with four consecutive 5-1s.

Niels-Kristian Iversen top-scored with a paid 14.

Stars at Coventry: Iversen 13+1, Lambert 5+1, Palm Toft 8, Porsing 2, rider replacement, Morris 1, Roynon 4.

Iversen scored eight points as he reached the semi-finals of the Czech Republic Grand Prix at the Marketa Stadium at the weekend.

Iversen scored just one point from his opening three rides but ended with back-to-back victories, including a fantastic overtaking move to get past Greg Hancock on the last lap, to reach the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, teen ace Robert Lambert has being called up for the Team GB team for the second event of the Monster Energy Speedway World Cup at King’s Lynn on Monday, June 8.

Lambert will join forces with Chris Harris, Danny King and former world champion Tai Woffinden as Great Britain look to seal a path straight to the final in Vojens, Denmark.

National team boss Alun Rossiter said: “Robert is included on merit.

“He’s a rider who’s having a very good season and showed everybody he is competitive at the best pairs competition a few weeks ago.

“He certainly shows no fear, that’s for sure.”

Team GB face Australia, Latvia and the USA, while Event 1 sees Poland taking on Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic.