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Wildcats dealing with NBL guard crisis

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 By Justin Chadwick

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson admits his team's resources are being put to the ultimate test after Corban Wroe became the latest point guard to be struck down by injury.

Wroe has been ruled out of Thursday night's home clash with Sydney after being concussed during last week's loss to NZ.

The 24-year-old had been thrust into the starting point guard role following injuries to Damian Martin (knee) and Jarrod Kenny (groin).

Martin will miss at least two more months of action, but Kenny is a chance to return for limited minutes against the Kings.

Gleeson said Kenny, who hasn't played since last month, would only be able to play four or five minutes per quarter at most.

In the meantime, imports Jaron Johnson and Casey Prather will have to fill the void at point guard.

"It's unbelievable," Gleeson said of his team's horrid injury run.

"You know you're going to go through some stages of that. But I've never seen three point guards go down.

"It does put pressure on our resources. It's not like it's an import where you can bring an import in for that position. There's not too many Aussie guys out there."

The Wildcats are hopeful Wroe will only miss the one game, but Gleeson said the after-effects of his concussion came out of the blue.

"We tested him after the game, and he was ok," Gleeson said.

"But he was sick that night. Monday he was ok. Then Tuesday he couldn't practice.

"In the first five minutes, he had dizzy spells, and that's not a good sign when you get a whack to the head."

Wroe's injury comes at a bad time for the Wildcats, who are still licking their wounds following last week's overtime loss to NZ.

Import Jaron Johnson has some making up to do after his late turnover allowed the Breakers to score the winning points.

"He was the first guy to put his hand up. He felt it and took it pretty hard," Gleeson said of Johnson.

"He's won us a game earlier this year with a three on the buzzer, and that game probably balances it out."

Gleeson described the ladder-leading Kings as the "rock stars" of the NBL.

The Kings boast MVP Kevin Lisch, as well as former NBA players Steve Blake and Josh Powell.

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