NICOLAI Klindt could return to the saddle just 17 days after suffering a serious knee injury – with Pirates boss Matt Ford admitting "the pressure is on" for the Dane to make a swift comeback.

Klindt sustained major ligament damage to his right knee similar to that suffered by Cherries stars Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings, who all spent months working their way back to fitness.

One of Pirates' top performers of the current SGB Premiership campaign, Krakow rider Klindt sought expert medical advice and underwent intense physiotherapy following his crash at Latvian track Daugavpils, which occurred when he was wiped out by Russian youngster Siergiej Logaczow.

And it is understood the 28-year-old is targeting a return to British racing in Pirates' home clash with Leicester on Wednesday, although theoretically he could be back even quicker on the continent.

A rapid return would be a boost for Ford, who prefers to avoid using guests where possible. And the Pirates chief has warned he may consider another change if the likeable former Swindon man is unable to swiftly get back on the track.

Ford told the Daily Echo: "Josh Bates did an excellent job in Nicolai's absence at Belle Vue on Friday but we can't keep running with guests.

"I believe Josh's average will go above Nicolai's shortly so we couldn't even use him, so we need something to give.

"I hate to say it but, to a degree, the pressure is on for Nicolai to come and ride because otherwise I would have to look at making a replacement for a month."

Klindt sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a partially torn medial collateral ligament, a torn meniscus and damaged cartilage on the tibia in his crash.

The spill followed a highly positive spell for the Outrup-born ace, who qualified for the upcoming Speedway European Championship before joining Pirates from Wolverhampton on a full transfer.

Meanwhile, Ford has revealed plans to celebrate the club's 70th anniversary next year with a special meeting at Wimborne Road – and much more.

The promoter is keen to make the most of a landmark year in club history and promises "exciting announcements" are on their way.

He said: "I want to make it special for everyone concerned. Good Friday next year is Friday, March 30 and I'm looking to start the season seven days before with a big individual meeting.

"I'm beginning to plan things now which will include a gala dinner and a golf day and there will be some incredibly exciting announcements over the next month or two.

"This particular weekend will be something to really look forward to."

Elsewhere, Brady Kurtz scored 10 paid 11 in a guest booking for Belle Vue at Rye House on Wednesday. Kurtz's five-ride haul contributed to a 46-44 win for the Aces.

The former Australian champion has been called up to ride for his Polish second-tier club, Pila, at Daugavpils on Saturday.