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Wolves sweating over Prezzie-Blue fitness ahead of Surrey Heat clash
10:30am Friday 25th January 2013 in Worcester Wolves By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER Wolves will give a fitness test to Sherrad Prezzie-Blue ahead of tonight’s British Basketball League visit of Surrey Heat (7.30).
The American point-guard damaged a knee ligament in last Sunday’s 98-91 victory at Durham Wildcats and has been undergoing treatment this week.
Head coach Paul James was hopeful of having his playmaker back in training today but will assess his chances of taking to the court at the University of Worcester before tip-off.
He said: “Prezzie is struggling slightly with a knee injury so he will have a late fitness test to see whether he plays or how much he plays.”
James added: “He strained a knee ligament with six minutes to go against Durham but he’s responding well to treatment and we’re hoping he’s going to be able to train and be able to play some part in the game.”
Having been edged out 71-69 in the reverse fixture in October, Wolves are determined to draw level in the head-to-head stakes against third-placed Heat.
James’s side will be fully confident of doing that as they are proving a formidable force on their own court.
Despite being three places and six points lower down the league ladder, victory tomorrow would be their ninth in a row at the university sports hall, a record which stretches back to September.
The Worcester chief said: “It will be a tough game. Surrey are another team that we lost to earlier in the season.
“They’ve done exceptionally well, they’ve got a good balanced team and are third in the league by right.
“We have only lost the head-to-head against Leicester to date so we really need to try and get this one.
“We are at home so it gives us a little bit of an advantage.”
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