European champion Mikkel Michelsen has withdrawn from the Kaeser FIM Speedway GP of Sweden – Malilla this Saturday after confirming the pain of a broken ankle has become “unbearable.”

His fellow countryman and SGP substitute rider Mads Hansen has been drafted into the line-up for what will be his Speedway GP debut to replace Michelsen.

With first and second substitutes Jack Holder and Dan Bewley called into the line-up ahead of the season due to Artem Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov's suspension, third reserve Andzejs Lebedevs already replacing Anders Thomsen and fourth substitute Jakub Miskowiak unavailable to step in due to a hand injury, last year’s FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship runner-up and fifth reserve Hansen has been handed the biggest opportunity of his career so far.

Michelsen stormed to the semi-finals of the FIM Speedway GP of Denmark – Vojens, sponsored by ECCO last Saturday, before finishing fourth behind Patryk Dudek, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Jason Doyle to end up with nine championship points.

It was an impressive result under some very difficult circumstances, as he raced just eight days after breaking his ankle in the warm-up for his Polish club Lublin’s PGE Ekstraliga play-off semi-final, first leg at Torun on September 2.

Michelsen continued racing in the PGE Ekstraliga play-off final, first leg in Gorzow on Sunday, scoring four paid five points.

After undergoing checks on the injury on Monday, doctors have now advised Michelsen to sit out the Speedway GP round in Malilla.

Posting on Instagram, Michelsen insisted he hopes to make his track return for Lublin’s home PGE Ekstraliga play-off final, second leg against Gorzow on September 25.

He said: “Since the crash in Toruń, I’ve been battling the pain of a broken ankle. The medial malleolus is broken all the way through which is bad news, but we already knew that Friday night.

“The good news is for the time being, despite having raced five meetings since the crash, the bones are still stable and sitting in the right position which means no surgery is needed.

“Unfortunately the pain has become unbearable and the doctor has submitted me to bed rest and light rehabilitation which means no @SpeedwayGP in Målilla Saturday.

“For how long I’ll be out, we don’t know yet but I will definitely do everything I can to be ready for the second final in Lublin. Thank you once again to Klinika Nieborowice and Doctor Krzysztof Onaczyszyn for the quick turnaround and professional approach as always.”

We wish Mikkel a speedy recovery.