Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coach Acts as Injuries Start to Bite

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coach Acts as Injuries Start to Bite

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

FAB Flournoy has ordered a review of Newcastle Eagles' training schedule after a flurry of muscle injuries before the festive period.

Flournoy and Paul Gause have suffered groin strains while Drew Lasker suffered a hamstring problem in the run-up to last weekend's big game against Sheffield Sharks.

Both Flournoy and Lasker will sit out tomorrow night's clash with Birmingham Knights, but will be fit and firing for the Eagles' New Year programme, which includes a BBL Cup final date with Leicester Riders in mid-January.

Although far from disastrous, Flournoy has been concerned enough to consult with team doctors about possible alterations to their match-day preparations.

He said: "Both myself and Drew have been told we have less than Grade One strains so it's really a miniscule problem at the moment for us.

"The problem is you have to take it seriously because if you go back too soon you risk doing more damage and then facing a longer spell out.

"Paul had a groin strain as well in the last few weeks and as a coach I'm not going to ignore it.

"We're talking to our team doctors and physios and we're looking at what we're doing to make sure it's not something we're doing in training or even something we're not doing before the sessions or during them.

"We're keeping our eye on that because when it happens a few times you have to be alert to it."

Last season's campaign was ruined by a number of injuries to key men, Flournoy and Damon Huffman both facing long spells on the sidelines as Newcastle ran out of sufficient manpower to challenge Leicester's dominance.

To this day Flournoy believes fitness problems rather than a lack of talent was behind his team ending last season without silverware. …

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