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Cloud over de Bruin's return for Magic

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

Leana de Bruin of the Magic © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Leana de Bruin of the Magic Veteran Silver Fern defender Leana de Bruin's return to the netball court continues to be hampered by a niggling ankle injury.

The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic captain was injured in a pre-season game against the Pulse in February, causing her to miss the first three rounds of the trans-Tasman league.

De Bruin, 38, made her return against the Melbourne Vixens on April 30, only for the injury to flare again during a training session last week.

"I think I have just gone over my ankle one too many times. It's been a long career," she said.

"I pulled a tendon muscle obviously protecting that ankle so we are just nursing that. If I was 20 I probably would have been under the knife but I just don't have that time."

Towering goal keep de Bruin was forced to sit out Monday's 58-44 loss to the West Coast Fever in Tauranga.

It was the Magic's fifth straight defeat, continuing their worst-ever start in the competition's nine-year history.

De Bruin is now in a race to be fit for Sunday's game against Mainland Tactix in Nelson as they battle to retain their record of having never missed the play-offs.

"If we win all our remaining games against the New Zealand sides then who knows what can happen."

De Bruin is unsure if this will be her last season of netball.

"I don't know, that is a really hard call. I just want to get back on the court and I will decide later on what happens."

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