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Injury sees Kings lose Childress for remainder of season
It's as if the Sydney Kings season has been riddled with a curse. Star import Josh Childress has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2014/15 NBL season after scans have revealed he sustained a torn pectoral muscle during the Kings clash against Adelaide 36ers last weekend.
After originally thinking Childress had injured his shoulder of some sort, it has been revealed today by the club that it is in fact his right pectoral muscle.
Per the club's statement:
Childress sustained a tear to the upper right pectoral muscle during the third quarter of the Kings’ 105-86 loss to Adelaide 36ers on Sunday, 25 January.
Subsequently, Childress will under go season-ending surgery on Thursday and is facing a four to six month recovery period.
He has played 18 games for the Kings this season, averaging 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest while leading the league in three of the four aforementioned statistical categories.
The Kings have already lost starting centre Angus Brandt (knee) through injury and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel in an attempt to reach the NBL playoffs with a depleted team.
It has been rumoured that Sydney may be looking for a short-term replacement. However, with just six games remaining they would not be able to qualify for the post-season if the Kings were to make it.
The Kings travel to Perth this weekend to take on the Wildcats on Sunday.