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Webster to undergo surgery; out for season

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand Breakers guard Corey Webster has called time on an NBL season to forget, choosing to undergo surgery on a troublesome hip injury.

Webster was put on injury waiver in December to allow time to overcome a number of injuries the club said were affecting him.

The prolific Tall Blacks scorer said he consulted medical specialists and decided surgery is needed on a hip problem that has dogged him for several years but was worsening.

"The hip has been an issue for me this season, I have had some good weeks and then bad weeks, that has been the pattern all year," Webster said in a Breakers club statement.

"Surgery will be great for me and my future. It just won't heal itself if I keep playing on it, I know that now."

Webster's poor on-court form has mixed with problems off it.

The 28-year-old Webster is facing three assault charges relating to a November 30 incident at a Takapuna bar.

He is yet to enter pleas to the charges, two of assault and one of assault with intent to injure.

Breakers general manager Dillon Boucher supported Webster's decision to undergo surgery, which is likely to sideline him for 4-6 months.

"He tried through the early part of the season to battle through but was just too limited in his ability to train or play at a high level," Boucher said.

The Breakers have been beset by injury, having lost point guard Ben Woodside for an extensive period with a foot injury while his replacement - fellow-American David Stockton - is nursing a back problem which has him in doubt for Friday's match against Cairns.

Tom Abercrombie (hand) is also out for about a month, prompting Breakers management to recruit American Paul Carter as cover.

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