Taipans scram­ble to fill gap

The Weekend Post - - Sport - JOR­DAN GERRANS

THE Taipans are on the hunt for an in­jury re­place­ment for Michael Car­rera af­ter the im­port had knee surgery ear­lier this week and is ex­pected to miss the open­ing month of the NBL sea­son.

The Venezue­lan ap­peared in pos­i­tive spir­its yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at the club’s photo shoot for their an­nual Taipans poster at the Aus­tralian Ar­mour and Ar­tillery Mu­seum.

Scans re­vealed he had suf­fered a me­dial menis­cal tear af­ter the sec­ond pre­sea­son game against the Perth Wild­cats, and to elim­i­nate risk of fur­ther in­jury through­out the sea­son, surgery was de­cided to be the safest op­tion.

Surgery for Car­rera is cause for con­cern for the Snakes as they are work­ing Nate Jawai and Scoochie Smith back into their line-up fol­low­ing in­jury con­cerns.

Coach Aaron Fearne said the club would con­sider an in­jury re­place­ment.

“Maybe, we will see what hap­pens,” Fearne said.

“If we go that way, ob­vi­ously it would be sooner the bet­ter.

“If not, then we will go with what we have got and play like we did last year when we had to do that.”

The in­jury looks set to force the swing­man out of the first eight games of the sea­son with a re­turn a chance against Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 9.

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

SE­RI­OUS BLOW: In­jured im­port Michael Car­rera at the Taipans’ photo shoot for their an­nual poster at the Aus­tralian Ar­mour and Ar­tillery Mu­seum yes­ter­day.

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