WORCESTER Wolves have been hit by injuries to two key forwards over the festive period.

Deshawn Freeman picked up a serious ankle sprain during the 91-75 British Basketball League defeat to London City Royals on December 28 and will be out for three to four weeks.

Since then fellow forward Filip Krämer has broken his nose in an accident during a training session.

The club are currently unsure what the implications of his injury are and how long it will be before he can return to the line-up.

Both injuries come as a huge blow for Wolves as they travel to Leicester Riders’ Morningside Arena in the championship on Saturday (7.30pm).

January will be a tough month without the duo as bottom-of-the-table Worcester face leaders London Lions at home on January 18 and travel to high-flying Sheffield Sharks and Royals.

The club are actively looking for cover.

Riders, meanwhile, complete a weekend double-header following a visit to Sheffield Sharks last night after suffering three defeats from four games during a dodgy December.

Wolves look to put a poor end to 2018 behind them after 12 straight defeats in the league left them stranded at the bottom despite promising additions.

The last time they met saw Wolves lose 81-76 at home in the championship last February.

Meanwhile, former Worcester boss Paul James was named the Molten Kevin Cadle BBL coach of the month after guiding his team through a flawless December.

James made the most of home comforts during the period as Raiders racked up four wins at the Pavilions, tipping off their unbeaten spell with a 94-79 success against Cheshire Phoenix.

They won their first visit from Royals 84-77 and a hat-trick of championship victories was notched up in style with a 115-100 beating of Surrey Scorchers.

Raiders celebrated a fruitful finish to the calendar year with an 86-74 derby win against Bristol Flyers which catapulted them into the BBL Trophy quarter-finals.

James had to fight off a strong claim from Lions head coach Vince Macaulay to land the accolade.

Raiders’ Donte Nicholas was voted Molten BBL player of the month for December.