Poole Pirates team manager Neil Middleditch is in hospital after being attacked by a dog.
The speedway boss has had one operation on his hand and faces a second on Friday while he could spend another night in hospital after the incident.
Middleditch, 56, was absent for Poole's 46-46 draw with Birmingham Brummies on Thursday night.
Pirates promoter Matt Ford told BBC Radio Solent that Middelditch was recovering well in hospital.
himself wrote on Twitter:
"Got attacked by a dog #notgood".
He became Poole Pirates team manager in 1999 and in 2011 steered the side to the Elite League and Cup double.