FREDDIE FIGHTS BACK AFTER LONG COVID BATTLE

PAUL BURBIDGE

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren says his lungs have recovered following his protracted battle with long Covid that ended his 2021 season early.

The Orebro-born man picked up a coronavirus infection in the early stages of the pandemic in March 2020 and admits the disease took its toll on him.

Despite that, he still picked up FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship bronze in 2020 – only missing out on silver after a run-off with Tai Woffinden when they tied on points. He then finished fifth in 2021.

But Lindgren was forced to end last season prematurely as the effects of his battle with long Covid got the better of him, forcing him to withdraw from the FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester last October.

Speaking to Polish club Czestochowa’s official website, Lindgren confirmed his condition has improved. He said: “Everything is fine now. Few people know that I have been struggling with health problems for a long time.

“In March 2020, I fell very seriously ill for the first time and suffered lung damage as a result.

“A few months ago, I had a health check up and tests showed that my lungs finally healed.

“The blood results were still not the best. I was advised to consume special supplements that helped me recover. I’ve been training hard again for some time. I have scheduled another appointment with my doctor before the season starts to make sure everything is going in the right direction.”

Lindgren’s recovery comes as a timely boost to his country with Fast Freddie serving as the only Swedish rider in the 2022 Speedway GP series.

He will also be lining up for Czestochowa in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga, where he joins forces with Speedway GP rival Leon Madsen. And he will ride for Bauhaus Elitserien outfit Vastervik in his homeland, after being tempted back to Sweden in 2021 by team manager Morgan Andersson, who also serves as national boss.

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