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Rasmussen desperate to return for Magic

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

Grace Rasmussen of New Zealand looks to pass the ball during the International Test Match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Perth Arena on October 30, 2015 in Perth, Australia © Paul Kane/Getty Images Grace Rasmussen of New Zealand looks to pass the ball during the International Test Match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns at Perth Arena on October 30, 2015 in Perth, Australia Silver Fern Grace Rasmussen is desperate to return to the court as the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic struggle amidst their worst losing streak in their trans-Tasman netball league history.

The versatile mid-courter has not played since the round-one defeat to the Central Pulse after a pre-season calf muscle injury flared up.

The 28-year-old Rasmussen has a history of injuries, rupturing the ACL in her left knee five years ago before suffering a stress fracture in her right leg in 2012.

"Touch wood, we'll see what happens this week as I haven't had a full training yet, but fingers crossed I will play a quarter or two," she said.

"I think it's just trying to get a balance and making sure I'm religious with my rehab."

The Magic have lost five in a row following their defeat to the West Coast Fever and are in danger of missing out on the finals for the first time since the league began in 2008.

They face the Canterbury Tactix in Nelson on Sunday and Rasmussen is keen to help them get back on track.

"It's just about going back to the basics and being really honest with ourselves and making sure we are accountable for what we are putting out on court," she said.

The Magic will play their next six games against local opposition and Rasmussen believes they can resurrect their season, with the top three sides advancing to the conference finals.

"I definitely think we can take these New Zealand teams and we just need to go back to the drawing board and address our own individual performance."

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