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Wildcat Robbins to miss start of NBL season
Brad Robbins. Pic: Getty Images

Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins has been ruled out of Friday's season opener against New Zealand in Auckland.

Robbins is continuing his rehabilitation after undergoing wrist surgery in the off-season and is targeting a return in three weeks.

Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge is still awaiting the all-clear from medical staff before selecting the tough guard.

"He's doing exceptionally well - he started training yesterday and he'll do more today," Beveridge said.

"But it's about getting the tick from surgeon and he said 'let's just wait off'.

"Three weeks is probably worst case scenario, that's what we're hoping anyway."

Beveridge denied there had been a setback in Robbins' rehabilitation despite last week rating his charge a 50-50 prospect for round one.

"He is looking fantastic and I think that's why he's so frustrated - he thinks he can go right now," Beveridge said.

"But until the medical staff give him the 100 per cent clearance, we won't play him. We don't want to risk an injury this early."

Highly-related development player Ben Purser will take Robbins' place against the Breakers.

Robbins says he is the fittest he has ever been following a gruelling pre-season training schedule and hopes to play against Melbourne on October 21.

"Fitness is not the issue - it will be more of a pain thing and if there's any chance of rupturing the tendon again," Robbins said.

"It's extremely frustrating standing on the sidelines, especially as one of the main leaders of the group.

"You certainly want to be out there supporting the rest of the guys, especially in the games where there's a lot of adversity."

At their season launch this morning, the Wildcats announced they had reached 6000 members.

The figure is well short of the club's ambitious target of reaching 10,000 members, but they still have six weeks until the first home game on November 16.

The West Australian

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