FANS’ favourite and last season’s Swindon Advertiser Robins Rider of the Year Tobiasz Musielak has completed a sensational return to Wiltshire at the expense of French racer David Bellego.

Musielak’s campaign has been blighted by a catalogue of injuries – which culminated in June after the Leszno-born racer ruptured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) when crashing in his homeland.

It was initially feared the 25-year-old would be forced to call time on his season.

But in recent days he informed the Robins management that he has made a return to full fitness, prompting Swindon boss Alun Rossiter to make the decision to bring him back into the team.

The move is subject to BSPA approval, with Musielak set to return to the Robins camp for Thursday’s home SGB Premiership meeting against Wolverhampton Wolves.

Rossiter said: “It was a really tough decision because David Bellego has done nothing wrong, and he gets on well with the rest of the team.

“I was always concerned over Tobiasz’s injury because, having done that sort of thing myself, I know how difficult it is to recover from.

“He’s assured us that he’s fit and he’s sent over videos of him back on a bike – and, to be honest, I’ve had a couple of sleepless nights thinking over what to do, because if we get it wrong then it’s a big mistake.

“In the end, I’ve chosen to go back to the rider who was part of the original team, but this really is the part of the job that I don’t like.

“You have good days, but telling David wasn’t a nice thing to do and I can fully understand he’s very disappointed. He’s well liked at the club and I hope he can get fixed up elsewhere.”

Musielak has competed in three SGB Premiership fixtures with the Robins this season, scoring 18 points from 11 rides in three meetings.

His return to Swindon comes at a crucial time, with Rossiter’s septet chasing a top four spot and qualification to the play-offs.

The Robins sit fourth in the table, one point clear of Wolverhampton and Peterborough Panthers, while seventh-placed King’s Lynn Stars trail the Wiltshire club by two points.

Bellego is now available to other clubs, with the Robins wishing him well for the remainder of the season.