PIRATES star Richard Lawson will continue to battle on, despite an MRI scan revealing he has likely suffered knee ligament damage.

The 36-year-old has been struggling with the injury in recent weeks, but has still been piling in the points for Poole.

Lawson, who also competes for King's Lynn Stars in the Premiership and has been busy with other guest bookings, scored 10 points from five rides as Pirates battled to a 49-41 win over Edinburgh Monarchs on Wednesday night.

Since becoming a Poole asset over the summer, Lawson has been in blistering form. He has clocked up 105 points from Pirates' 10 league meetings, the most in the team, winning 25 of his 48 rides.

But, as Pirates promoter Danny Ford explains, he has been doing so whilst being far from fully fit.

"His knee is still giving him some trouble," Ford told the Daily Echo.

"We think he’s got ligament damage. He went for an MRI last week, but there’s nothing he can do at this stage of the season.

"He says when he’s on the bike it doesn’t cause him any troubles.

"The position he gets in on the bike, he’s fine. It’s just walking around he looks a little bit worse for wear.

"But he’s a real fighter, he’s a true warrior and he won’t let anything like that stop him.

"He’ll go out there and still give it 110 per cent, we’ve seen that so far this season. I don’t think that’s about to change any time soon."

Despite Lawson now being a Pirates asset, Ford admits it is hard to restrict him from continuing to ride regularly elsewhere, on top of Poole's meetings.

The Whitehaven-born star scored 10 points from five rides for Edinburgh at Glasgow on Saturday night.

"He’s been probably one of the busiest men in British speedway, to be fair to him," said Ford.

"It’s not having much time to recover.

"It doesn’t seem to have slowed him down too much on the bike thankfully and hopefully that continues.

"They (riders) want to race as much as possible because it’s an opportunity for them to earn more money. That’s the name of the game.

"So he’s been a very busy man, picked up a lot of guest bookings and obviously riding for his Premiership club King’s Lynn as well now.

"He’s a busy man. It’s finding that fine line. Obviously we don’t want to restrict riders from earning a living."

Lawson is due back in action for Poole against Championship leaders Leicester Lions at Wimborne Road on Wednesday night.