Corey Webster of the NZ Breakers.
Corey Webster of the NZ Breakers. TONY MCDONOUGH

Breakers lose star guard for season

THE New Zealand Breakers have suffered a significant setback, with Corey Webster set to undergo season-ending hip surgery.

The star guard, a member of New Zealand's national team, was put on injury waiver in December but, after consulting with specialists, he's opted for surgery.

"The hip has been an issue for me this season, I have had some good weeks and then bad weeks, that has been the pattern all year,” Webster said in the team's media release.

"Because of its importance, other areas have then compensated which has led to soreness in other parts of the body, which was further limiting my ability to train and play to the levels I am used to.

"Surgery will be great for me and my future. It just won't heal itself if I keep playing on it, I know that now. No one seems to know how long it might last and I will have the same issues every year. The surgeon says right now is the time to get it fixed and get back to 100%.”

Over 15 games in the 2016-17 NBL season, Webster averaged 11.7 points and 2.9 assists per game.

The Breakers are currently sitting on a 8-10 record.

The Breakers have already brought it a sufficient replacement for Webster, after signing former NBA D-League wing Paul Carter last week.

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