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Netball - 23. September 2011.

Diamonds captain sidelined with stress reaction

The Australian Diamonds preparations for the 2011 Holden Netball Test
Series have suffered a setback with captain Natalie von Bertouch
sidelined during a team camp at the Australian Institute of Sport with a
stress reaction to a sesamoid bone in her right foot.   

Following scans yesterday which revealed the stress reaction,
precautionary measures have been taken with von Bertouch to wear a cam
walker (moon boot) and monitored on a daily basis over the next couple
of weeks to ensure her availability for Diamonds' upcoming Test series.

"It's not ideal timing to have this injury but it's something I've dealt
with for a while, so I'm keen to get it right and be able to compete in
the upcoming Test matches feeling good," von Bertouch said.

"The medical staff want to get it right so I can play in the Test
matches properly without putting me too far behind and ensuring that I'm
ready for 2012 when (ANZ Championship) pre-season starts."

"It's been a bit painful but it's on the mend, it's probably not as bad
as it has been throughout the year so they think it will heal pretty
quickly and I'll be right to go very soon."

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said the injury to her captain was
untimely but is confident that von Bertouch will be back on court for
the Holden Netball Test Series against England and New Zealand.

"We're disappointed for Natalie because she's very keen to continue with
the captaincy and work with our leadership group and our young team so
from her point of view it's very disappointing," Alexander said.

"Myself and the medical staff believe it's in Nat's best long term
interest that we look after this injury as clinically accurate as
possible, we'll be assessing and monitoring her symptoms on a daily
basis with the hope that she will be right to compete in the October
series, or as much of it as she possibly can."   

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2011 Holden Netball Test Series Dates:
9 Oct - Australian Diamonds v England, Newcastle Entertainment Centre,

12 Oct - Australian Diamonds v England, AIS Arena, Canberra
16 Oct - Australian Diamonds v England, Allphones Arena, Sydney
23 Oct - Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Burswood Dome,
26 Oct - Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Adelaide
Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
30 Oct - Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Hisense Arena,
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