Perth Wildcats centre Tom Jervis faces a race against time to be fit for the New Year’s Eve trip to Cairns after being sent home from training today with a bout of gastro.
Coach Trevor Gleeson told Jervis to stay away from his teammates and give himself time to recover before the Wildcats leave Perth on Monday.
“It’s just a little bit of gastro – maybe he had too many prawns over Christmas,” Gleeson joked.
“We sent him home and want to make sure he doesn’t infect the rest of the team. Hopefully he’ll be back on court tomorrow.”
The Wildcats enjoyed a break from training over the Christmas period after working without an extended spell from the start of pre-season training five months ago.
American duo James Ennis and Drake U’u went home to the United States and a small group of players relaxed in Bali.
Gleeson said the break had refreshed the players, who were back on the practice court today to begin preparations for the second half of the season.
“They’ve had a good little break both mentally and physically, so hopefully we stay healthy for the second half of the season,” Gleeson said.
The Wildcats (12-1) sit comfortably on top of the ladder but will be wary of a Cairns (4-8) side that pushed them all the way to overtime on their last trip to north Queensland.