Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins is eyeing an early return from a major wrist injury after enjoying a solid start to his rehabilitation program.
Robbins had surgery to repair his right wrist in July and was told he would be out of action for three months.
But coach Rob Beveridge said Robbins was now a good chance to play in the Wildcats’ first regular season game against New Zealand on October 5.
“If anything, Robbo is probably ahead of schedule,” Beveridge said.
“He is looking tremendous and in the best shape I’ve seen him in with the new strength and conditioning coach (Will Markwick) on board.
“He is working his butt off and he can’t wait to get back on court. He’s probably a good couple of weeks ahead of schedule.”
The Wildcats will take on Cairns in two trial games away from home on Thursday and Friday before heading to Melbourne for the NBL pre-season tournament next week.
Big man Matt Knight and emerging forward Greg Hire will miss the trip, with Hire still recovering from a finger complaint and Knight told to make a slow return from shoulder surgery.
Beveridge expected both to be available for the three games in the Melbourne tournament and predicted Robbins could even join them at the Cable Beach Invitational in Broome from September 26-28.
“The plan is to get these guys back in and I would say Greg is a 100 per cent certainty for next week and we will be hoping to have all 10 (rostered players) for Broome,” Beveridge said.