Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RE­BECCA WIL­LIAMS

JULIE Cor­letto has been told to stay in a moon boot for another week as the Di­a­monds main­tain their con­ser­va­tive ap­proach with the star goal de­fence ahead of next month’s World Cup.

But Di­a­monds’ head coach Lisa Alexan­der is con­fi­dent Cor­letto will be able to hit the court to pre­pare with her team­mates at their fi­nal train­ing camp in New­cas­tle, start­ing next Fri­day.

Cor­letto has been in a moon boot for the past two weeks to man­age foot sore­ness, with the team tak­ing ev­ery pre­cau­tion with the two- time world cham­pion de­fender.

“The latest with Julie is she is go­ing to stay in the boot for a lit­tle bit longer,” Alexan­der said yesterday.

“It means that she is not tempted to push it too soon.

“That will al­low us a much more con­trolled rein­tro­duc­tion to court.

“It’s all pro­gress­ing re­ally well.well She should be able to hit the court in New­cas­tle.”

Alexan­der said Cor­letto, who will re­tire from net­ball af­ter the World Cup, has been keep­ing up her fit­ness with reg­u­lar pool ses­sions.

The coach viewed Cor­letto’s en­forced time off the court as a pos­i­tive in al­low­ing the 29year- old’s body time to re­fresh af­ter a tough trans- Tas­man fi­nals cam­paign.

“She’s con­tin­u­ing her work that she’s do­ing in the pool, which is all re­ally good for her any­way, for her knees and her body,” Alexan­der said.

“We had to con­vince her that she’s go­ing to be fit, don’t worry and that this is go­ing to be a good thing for her.

“Then once she hits the court, she should be feel­ing re­ally good and fresh be­cause she was re­ally ham­mer­ing it ( her body) right up un­til the grand fi­nal. This is just go­ing to en­able her to get her body back to be­ing as fresh and able to com­pete in this tour­na­ment as pos­si­ble.”

Pic­ture: MARK EVANS

ON THE MEND: Aus­tralian net­ball star Julie Cor­letto will spend another week on the side­lines.

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