Bank­ing on Suzy to bat­tle on through

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TOWNSVILLE Fire guard Tess Mad­gen has backed Suzy Batkovic to over­come a neck in­jury and suit up against Ade­laide tonight, de­scrib­ing the WNBL su­per­star as the “tough­est per­son I know”.

Batkovic will be a ga­me­time de­ci­sion at Townsville Sta­dium after hav­ing an in­jec­tion ear­lier this week to help set­tle a pinched nerve which has af­fected the strength in her left arm.

She man­aged just five min­utes in last week­end’s road loss to Mel­bourne and hasn’t trained all week, but Mad­gen was con­fi­dent Batkovic would do ev­ery­thing in her power to be there on game day.

“She’s get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day. She’s had the in­jec­tion so we’re just go­ing to have to see how she pulls up – fingers crossed,” Mad­gen said.

“She’s the tough­est per­son I know. All the pain she’s al­ready had to play through so I know if there’s any chance that she can play it’s go­ing to be a no- brainer for her and she’ll be out there.

“She’s a nat­u­ral born leader so she’s go­ing to be do­ing ev­ery­thing she can, whether she is play­ing or not, to help us get the win.”

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