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Khazzouh unlikely to return to NBL soon

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 Tim Keeble

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze isn't counting on having injured centre Julian Khazzouh back any time soon.Khazzouh has been sidelined for 12 months with a leg injury and was hoping to return before Christmas.But he now appears to be a long shot to make it back this season."It's really a wait and see," Gaze said after Sunday's surprise 88-81 home loss to Melbourne United."A couple of weeks ago I was really confident with the way he was training. But he's had a minor setback and that needs a bit more time to evaluate and make sure that we don't risk any further injury."He's come so far and it's been so long that it's almost to a point you don't want to jeopardise all the work and rehab he's gone through."He'd be a good guy to have back in the group, but with 12 months off it'll take time to get his rhythm back anyway."Despite the loss to last-placed Melbourne, the Kings remain in top spot with a 10-7 record, while Melbourne boosted their record to 7-8."We were the cellar-dwellers this morning," Melbourne star Chris Goulding said."A turning point - who knows? We just have to keep fighting, keep stringing wins together and try and move up this ladder."The lucky thing in this league is that a couple of wins can take you to the top, but the bad thing is a couple of losses can take you to the bottom. It's like snakes and ladders."

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