Andre Compton and Ross Brady have been ruled out of Sheffield's big Premier League clash with champions-elect Edinburgh at Owlerton on Thursday. Compton is still struggling with an ankle injury and Brady has ligament damage in his shoulder after a heavy fall at Eastbourne over the weekend.

Stoke's Paul Pickering has been drafted in as a guest replacement for Compton and Brady's rides will be shared by Andrew Moore, Richard Hall and James Birkinshaw. Edinburgh are expected to include Magnus Karlsson and Theo Pijper despite injury and illness worries respectively.

Edinburgh are closing in on the Premier League title and are hot favourites for the aggregate bonus point from this meeting. They include former Sheffield rider Peter Carr, who could be making his Owlerton swansong as he is set to retire at the end of the season.

Tigers co-promoter Neil Machin said: "We're delighted to have Paul Pickering in the team because he has had a great season with Stoke and he rides our place very well. I've also taken the decision to include Richard Hall at reserve because I feel he is on the pace a little more than Ben Wilson right now. Ben has had a long time out through injury and I'm sure a few laps in the Conference League will help get him up to speed.

"If Edinburgh think we're not taking this meeting seriously tonight then they are dreaming. We really want to win it and finish the Premier League season on a high."



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