ELVISI Dusha’s injury was caused by a “freak accident” in the kitchen according to Worcester Wolves boss Paul James.

The Albanian guard sustained “bruising” to his hand following the incident which forced him to miss Wolves’ 97-85 win at Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Cup quarter-finals last Sunday.

Head coach Paul James said there was a chance Dusha would be back fit to face Rocks on Friday (7.30pm) but admitted he was unlikely to risk him.

“It happened in the kitchen but it is not going to keep him out for too long,” James said.

“There is a bit of bruising to his hand and swelling.

“You expect people to get hurt on court so it was a freak accident.”

But James praised Dusha, who joined Wolves from Plymouth Raiders in the summer, for providing vocal support for his team-mates in Glasgow.

“He played a big part in the win just because he was there for the guys,” James added.

“He was very vocal and encouraged the players which helped. Hopefully he will be back in the next week or so.

“Potentially he will be able to play (against Rocks). He may dress but not play any part in the game as we don’t want to rush him back.”

With Dusha injured and Jermel Kennedy recently departed, Wolves were down to just six senior players for the trip to Glasgow.

Despite being depleted, James was delighted by his side’s team spirit as they came together to overcome Rocks and secure a two-legged semi-final tie against Sheffield Sharks.

The dates and times of the games have yet to be confirmed.

“First of all I would like to praise the club for finding the money so we could go up the day before and prepare properly for the game,” James added.

“We were able to travel up on the Saturday evening, get a good night’s sleep and make sure we were well-rested for the game.

“We were shorthanded as we only had six of the seniors available to play.

“But the team spirit and camaraderie was better than it has ever been all season long and we felt that something special was going to happen.

“We put in a tremendous performance with nearly six guys in double figures, three guys with double-doubles and just played from start to end.

“We had a good week of practice and there is a lot of good-hearted banter going around.

“They know our backs were against the wall with only having six guys available.

“It was a case of either sticking together and try to get the win or we go our separate ways and lose.

“Thankfully we stuck together and it was probably our best performance of the season so far."