14 Dec 2016

Webster's future with Breakers unclear

11:16 am on 14 December 2016

The troubled New Zealand Breakers guard Corey Webster future with the club seems in doubt after being placed on indefinite injury leave.

The club has put Webster on the injury waiver list saying he'll will be away for the medium to long term but won't put a time frame on it.

In a statement coach Paul Henare said Webster has been battling foot, knee, hip and back injuries this season and its become clear he's not able to play at the level required.

Webster's also had off field issues appearing in court earlier this month on an assault charge.

Corey Webster.

Corey Webster. Photo: Photosport

In 2011 he was released from his contract with the club due to a drug violation but returned the following year.

The decision to place Webster on injury leave doesn't seem to have gone down well with the player himself who said "it's hard to accept."

"I am just so frustrated, this has been a difficult season for me and a constant struggle to be 100% healthy, to be 100% right physically and mentally.

"This decision is not easy either and is hard to accept to be honest...but I will get my head around this and I will look to use it in a positive way," said Webster.

The congested nature of the competition this season has compounded his problems with little time for players to recover from injuries.

Henare said it was one of the toughest calls he has had to make in his coaching career.

Paul Henare

Paul Henare Photo: Photosport

"We have made the call to give Corey that chance to get himself fully fit, to seek out the best rehab programme available away from the pressure of playing, training and travelling. What the detail of that plan looks like we don't know just yet, how long it takes we don't know yet, but we felt it was time for him to step back and get himself healthy.

"Corey is one of our premier players, one of the best in the league, but even the best are human when hit with injuries in what is a world class league that is only getting stronger every week. We have made this call with the good of the team and Corey top of mind."

The club is now seeking an import player to replace Webster.

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