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Breakers seek NBL replacement for Webster

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016

Breakers shooting guard Corey Webster has been placed on indefinite injury leave, forcing the NBL club is seek an import player as his replacement.

Coach Paul Henare said Webster needed time to recover from the injuries which have dogged him for much of the season.

Foot, knee, hip and back issues have limited Webster's contributions, Henare said, and the congested nature of the NBL allowed little or no time for rehabilitation.

The 28-year-old Webster has also faced problems off the court.

Earlier this month, the Breakers stood him down for one match after he appeared in court on an assault charge which arose from an early-morning incident at an Auckland bar.

Webster was granted bail at his first court appearance, and is scheduled to appear again in court on December 20.

The club has not put a time frame on Webster's return to the NBL, but expects it to be medium to long term.

A Breakers statement said the club was seeking a replacement for him.

It was hoped a replacement would be available for the round-12 clash against the Kings in Sydney on December 30.

Henare said it had become clear that Webster wasn't able to play at the level the team needed.

"We have made the call to give Corey that chance to get himself fully fit, to seek out the best rehab programme available away from the pressure of playing, training and travelling," he said.

"We felt it was time for him to step back and get himself healthy."

Webster was disappointed at the decision but accepted it with a long-term view in mind.

"I am just so frustrated - this has been a difficult season for me and a constant struggle to be 100 per cent healthy, to be 100 per cent right physically and mentally," he said.

"This decision isn't easy either, and is hard to accept, to be honest.

"I am a player, and just want to play and contribute."

The Breakers sit second-last on the NBL ladder, losing five of their last six matches, and face Perth Wildcats in Auckland on Thursday in a rematch of last year's grand final.

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