Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins is in doubt for the start of the 2012-13 NBL season after being ordered to undergo surgery on his injured right wrist.
Robbins will go under the knife today to repair tendon damage and will be out of action for up to three months.
The Wildcats open their season away to arch rivals New Zealand in Auckland on October 5.
Robbins was one of seven senior players missing from the Wildcats team which beat Cairns in an exhibition game in Port Hedland on Sunday.
Coach Rob Beveridge opted to field an experimental team with an eye to filling development player positions on the roster.
Wildcats physiotherapist Dave Philpot said Robbins had been managing the wrist injury for about a year but irritated it at a training session this month.
“It’s a recurrent thing that’s been around for a while and this was a recurrence that was a lot worse than usual, so the surgeon said it was about time we did something about it,” Philpot said.
“He’s irritated an old tendon problem and he needs to get it stabilised, and that’s what they’re doing surgically.
“He’ll come out and be in a splint for somewhere between four and eight weeks and then after that it’s a gradual return.
“He’s had a tendon issue in his wrist before and we’ve been managing it for quite a long time.
“He just had a training session that was enough to stir it up. The surgeon looked at it and decided that we couldn’t continue to manage it, so he needs to do something about it.”
In positive news on the injury front, Matt Knight will resume training next month after undergoing surgery to repair damage to his left shoulder in the off-season.
The injury forced Knight to withdraw from the preliminary Boomers squad for the Olympics, but he has responded well and is expected to hit the ground running when the Wildcats’ official pre-season campaign starts on August 20.
Beveridge will continue to hold open training sessions with State Basketball League players over the next few weeks as he looks to fill development player positions on the roster.