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Injuries add to Plymouth Raiders’ worries ahead of crucial weekend

raidersSTRUGGLING Plymouth Raiders have injury concerns as they prepare for three BBL matches within four days.

Jay Marriott’s side, who have lost their last eight league and cup games, begin a busy period with a home fixture against Durham Wildcats on Thursday night.

They then travel to fourth-placed Leicester Riders on Saturday evening before facing Durham again on Sunday, only this time away.

And Marriott’s resources could be pushed for the punishing schedule, with Jordan Clarke and Brent Benson both struggling with injuries.

Clarke has a back problem, while Benson is struggling with foot injury.

“We’ve got some major injury doubts going into this weekend,” said Marriott, whose team have not played since March 15.

“While we have been trying our best to work on some of the little things, which could be the difference between winning and losing, we have been trying to get our guys some rest and recovery.

“I’m not sure Jordan Clarke will feature at all for us this weekend, and Brent Benson is struggling with a foot injury so we are really going to have to manage things.”

Raiders sit 11th in the BBL table but they could overtake 10th –placed Durham, who are currently two points ahead of Marriott’s side having played three more matches.

Marriott said: “If we can climb above Durham over the weekend that would be a fantastic achievement for us.

“It would be nice to get over what seems to be just a really, really small hump to turn losing closely into winning closely.”

Raiders have not won since mid-February and are 10 points off a play-off spot.

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