Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coty's Plugging the Bears' Injury Gaps

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coty's Plugging the Bears' Injury Gaps

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Byline: KEITH MCGHIE

FERNANDO Garcia will be determined to help make up for injury-hit Redcar's absentees when he faces former club and Championship pacemakers Glasgow tonight (SAT).

The SG Petch Bears' Argentinian favourite has just had his 28-day loan period extended, having originally signed as a stop-gap replacement for badly damaged ankle victim Tobias Busch.

And Garcia, known to everyone in the speedway world as Coty, will make the short trip to Ashfield Stadium, further fuelled by an intent to show the Tigers they were wrong not to include him in their plans for this season.

The 22-year-old South American is still based with Scottish sponsor Grant Henderson and lives just a few miles from Glasgow's 319-metre circuit, build around the suburb's football pitch.

Bears boss Kevin Keay confirmed: "We have extended his contract and reached an agreement with Berwick (who hold his registration) to have him on loan for as long as it takes for Tobias to come back.

"I spoke to Coty last night and he is extremely keen to do well at Glasgow because he was hoping to be back there this year.

"But he's settled in nicely at Redcar and would like to see the rest of the season out, if possible, as a Bear."

The sport's obsession with averages and theoretical team strengths may preclude this but, for now, he is guaranteed a berth at Redcar until Busch returns and rumours of another new face in the Teessiders' line-up have been fuelled by the injury which forced in-form reserve Ellis Perks to miss Thursday's 54-38 defeat at Sheffield.

Perks crashed heavily in a meeting at Poole the night before, suffering chest and knee injuries which could rule him out for several weeks. Team manager Jitendra Duffill explained: "Ellis' chest is hurting but he doesn't feel he's broken any ribs.

"His knee is a concern - he may have fractured his knee-cap and damaged some ligaments.

"We won't know the extent until he gets it fully checked out next week. …

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