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Webster returns for Breakers after arrest

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016 Michael Ramsey
Corey Webster © Getty Corey Webster

New Zealand Breakers star Corey Webster appears set to remain with the NBL club as he prepares to face court on an assault charge.

Webster was arrested and charged with minor assault following an early-morning incident at an Auckland bar on Wednesday.

The Breakers suspended Webster for Friday's loss to the Illawarra Hawks for "breaching team and club values" in his decision to stay out late and his communication with the club about the incident.

But the point guard returned for the Breakers' 98-74 loss to Melbourne United on Sunday, top-scoring with 15 points.

Coach Paul Henare was tight-lipped when asked how Webster would deal with the scrutiny of his coming court hearing.

"I just saw Corey being Corey," he said after the game.

"There's a court hearing on Tuesday morning and we'll deal with that and whatever comes out of that.

"You go in there and you hear the charges and you move on from there.

"There's no trial or anything happening so it's just something that he's working away (on) with his people and he'll just have to deal with it."

Webster's arrest comes five years after he was sacked by the club for using synthetic cannabis.

The 28-year-old served a one-year ban from the sport in 2011 after testing positive for the drug and it followed him testing positive for cannabis while playing for the Harbour Heat in the domestic competition.

But his future with the Breakers appears safe for now, despite his hot-and-cold performance on Sunday - he scored 10 of his 15 points in the second quarter - suggesting his off-field problems may well have been a distraction.

The Breakers (6-8) have lost four games in a row and sit bottom of the ladder as they prepare to host Brisbane on Thursday.

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