SWINDON Robins chief Alun Rossiter says he will looking for guest riders for the foreseeable future as the club deal with Zach Wajtknecht’s season-ending injury.

Rossiter, who will take his side to King’s Lynn Stars tonight, has drafted in Jake Knight to replace the injured 19-year-old in Norfolk, while Simon Lambert has been pencilled in for Thursday’s home clash with Leicester Lions.

After suffering a torn spleen during Swindon’s win over Poole Pirates last week, and following a brief stint at the Great Western Hospital, the teenager is recovering at Southmead Hospital near his Bristol home.

“We are very limited because Zach really was in a good place. He was flying and doing much better than anyone anticipated,” said Rossiter.

“It’s really hard. I haven’t replaced Zach because I don’t believe there is anyone of his quality out there to come and do what he was doing.

“So I’m going to pick riders who I think could win us a few points.

“Zach has to do two weeks of nothing and hopefully his spleen will repair naturally, if it does that then he won’t have to be on medication.”

The Robins recent resurgence has seen them fly up the table and with eight wins on the bounce, the Abbey Stadium men were handed a boost after King’s Lynn announced that Troy Batchelor and Chris Holder had been dropped by the SGB Premiership side.

But while that can be seen as a plus, Rossiter refuses to let that cloud the mind of his riders, who will bid for a ninth consecutive victory.

“The riders (King’s Lynn) have signed are 100 per cent triers, obviously with Batch and Holder I would have said it would be a lot harder, but (the new riders) will be up for it to show their new bosses why they’re in the team.

“It’s not going to be easy. On paper, I’m sure everyone thinks it looks a lot easier, but you can’t take anything for granted.

“I’m not over confident, you can’t be too confident.

“The boys are just taking it as a normal meeting and they know what to expect.

“They’ll have their feet on the ground and be ready to go for it. The riders are firmly grounded, I have no worries about them.

“They know how important it is and not to think it is going to be easy because every time you do that, it comes back to bite you.”