Emerging Perth Wildcats guard Everard Bartlett has been given the green light to play at the NBL pre-season tournament in Melbourne this week after scans on his injured knee revealed only minor bruising.
Bartlett hyper extended the knee during the opening game of the Wildcats’ two-game series against Cairns last week.
He missed the second game and was told not to train with the team earlier this week, but coach Rob Beveridge told thewest.com.au this morning the outlook was positive.
“Everything seems fine. It’s just like a bruising type of thing, but he’s going to Melbourne,” Beveridge said.
The Wildcats will experiment with their game style at the three-day pre-season tournament.
They start with games against Sydney (tomorrow) and Melbourne (Friday) before a final game against an opponent that is yet to be decided on Saturday.
Development players Ben Purser, Rob Cassir and Gavin Field will be rotated through the team as Beveridge limits all his players’ game time ahead of the regular season.
Brad Robbins will miss the tournament as he recovers from a wrist injury, but Matt Knight (shoulder) and Greg Hire (finger) will return.
Beveridge said Robbins was a chance to make an early return at the Cable Beach Invitational, which runs from September 26-28 in Broome.