Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fab News as Flournoy's Injury Not as Bad as First Feared

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fab News as Flournoy's Injury Not as Bad as First Feared

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer

FAB Flournoy has soothed fears of a long lay-off with the groin injury that nearly derailed Newcastle Eagles' BBL Cup bid.

Flournoy pulled up after just a few minutes of Friday's clash with Shef-field Sharks and played no part in the thumping win that confirmed the Eagles' place in a January Cup clash with last season's nemesis Leicester Riders.

While he is unlikely to figure in the Eagles' final home game of the year against struggling Birmingham Knights, the chances are he will be fully recovered for Newcastle's New Year programme, which includes the January 12 date against the Riders.

That will be good news for a team that posted its most impressive performance of the campaign against Atiba Lyons' in-form Sharks. Flournoy does not anticipate any serious damage to his groin.

"It just went, there was no particular reason for that. It was just one of those things that can happen on any given day," he said.

"Where I'm at with it I'm anticipating seven to ten days out. I was prepared to go back on but at the point in time when the injury happened we were building up a rhythm defensively and offensively and my movement was extremely limited.

"I was about a minute from touching the court because we had four guys with four fouls and if the game had been extended I didn't like our odds with that happening. Under the circumstances we played very well under fire."

This time last year, injury to Flournoy coincided with a downturn in the Eagles' form that ultimately cost them their shot at winning silverware.

Twelve months on, Newcastle look like a more solid outfit and the performance of Paul Gause in the pointguard position on Friday will fill supporters full of confidence that they can get back on the trophy trail this season. …

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