Upbeat Finch looks past injury worries

26 July 2012 / 11:20

Great Britain basketball coach Chris Finch remains upbeat about his team's preparations for the Olympics even as late injuries threaten to disrupt the squad.

Guard Mike Lenzly and forward Dan Clark are "50/50 at best" to be fit, according to Finch, as they battle calf and ankle injuries respectively.

Finch said he would give the pair every chance to recover, with Friday's 10am technical meeting the deadline to replace either or both on the roster.

"Both players are committed to their recovery process," Finch said. "They are both key players for our team so it is important they are given the best chance to be at 100%. At the moment it's 50/50 at best."

But Finch said he was feeling good about his team's preparation and insisted they would not be thrown off course if either player was ruled out.

"It's not ideal, but we've been here before in our programme," he said. "We've had tough moments with injuries or selection issues or whatever else.

"Our guys are committed to getting healthy but we'll have to make do with what we have. We're in the tougher group, it won't be easy but it's nothing we can control so we don't worry about it. You learn as a coach there are lots of things you can't get hung up on and this is one of them."

Britain kept Ogo Adegboye, the final cut from Finch's squad, with the team during their preparations and he would be ready to step in as a replacement if needed.

If both Lenzly and Clark were ruled out Finch would need to turn to his original squad longlist, with young guard Devon van Oostrum, who starred for the under-20s earlier this month after being cut from the Olympic group, among those Finch said would come under consideration.

Britain begin their campaign on Sunday against Russia, who came through last month's qualifying tournament, and they will also face Spain, China, Australia and Brazil in Group B.