Basketball: Injury blow for Leicester Riders
Leicester Riders' star forward John Fraley will be out of action for at least two to three weeks after suffering a severe knee injury in the final minute of his side's 79-74 win against Durham Wildcats on Sunday.
He slipped off the ball just as Riders wrapped up the win at Durham, and he was taken to hospital on his return to Leicester after the knee swelled up after the game.
Fraley has been one of the stars of the BBL so far this season, featuring twice already in the BBL team of the week.
He had shown his class again in the contest against Durham, contributing 14 points and 14 rebounds in just 28 minutes.
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The Jelson Homes DMU-backed Riders head coach Rob Paternostro said Fraley's injury really put a downer on the team after what was a hard-fought game.
"Everyone in the changing room was sombre afterwards. It was a tough injury," he said.
"With treatment twice a day, John may recover in two weeks or so. But these injuries are tricky, and you really don't know until the swelling goes down."
The injury blow could not come at a worse time for high-flying Riders, who have won all five of their BBL fixtures this season.
They face a daunting trip on Friday night to top-of-the-table Newcastle Eagles, who have won all of their opening seven games of the season.
"The timing is not great", said Paternostro. "John has proved a one-off this season, knocking out consistent performances, and giving us a big inside presence.
"We just have to look to other guys to step up for us."
With Fraley out of action, it is likely that 22-year-old Jamell Anderson or the 6ft 10in Barry Lamble will take his place.