Wednesday, 12 August 2009

02 absenteeism

Great Britain are set to be without key pair Robert Archibald and Pops Mensah Bonsu for this weekend’s friendlies with Poland, Turkey and Israel at London’s 02 Arena.

Mensah Bonsu, who spent last season with the Toronto Raptors, has remained in the USA to complete contract talks with an un-named NBA team. While Archibald, who recently underwent hernia surgery, was ordered to take a medical in Malaga on Tuesday by his club, Unicaja, before being allowed to join up with GB at their HQ in London.

The Scot admitted: “I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to go.”

With Steve Leven and Jamie Vanderbeken both carrying injuries, it potentially leaves coach Chris Finch with just 12 healthy players for the 4-Nations tournament, which is his side’s first warm-up ahead of next month’s Eurobasket finals in Poland.

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