Perth Wildcats forward Todd Blanchfield is in doubt for this weekend’s games after he injured his right shoulder late in Tuesday’s training session.
Blanchfield clutched at his shoulder after his arm was struck while he was shooting.
While he didn’t go for scans, he left the court doubled over in pain and punched the side wall as he sought treatment from medical staff. The 31-year-old missed five games last season after injuring a knee.
Blanchfield, pictured right, scored six points as a member of the team’s starting five in round one against Brisbane on Sunday.
Captain Jesse Wagstaff was crossing his fingers that Blanchfield would recover quickly.
“I have no idea what he did. We’ll have to wait on the medicos to sort that out,” Wagstaff said.
“Any time you lose anyone, not just Todd, is bad. It’s a team game. Every person on this team and roster plays an important part.
“Injuries are a part of sport. When Norto (Mitch Norton) went down in the pre-season, I thought his season was over and he returned 10 days later and he played the first game.
“Often the initial frustration is worse than the actual injury.”
Wagstaff returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for all of the team’s pre-season games during Sunday’s victory. He had an impact with 14 points including four three-pointers and said his body had recovered well ahead of -Saturday’s game against Illawarra at RAC Arena.
The Wildcats’ heavy emphasis on defence was on show against the Bullets as they restricted them to 73 points. That was the lowest score by any team in round one.
Perth had 14 steals and Bryce Cotton led the way with six of those.
“I think we played the right way,” Wagstaff said.
“I’m not sure BC is going to get six steals every game but he is immensely underrated on the defensive end. Everyone sees the flashy plays on the offensive end, but defensively he’s a very good player as well.”