Georgia Ohrdorf finally returns to the WBBL fray tonight after battling the biggest crises of her basketball career.
The Newcastle Eagles star was badly concussed before Christmas and abandoned her comeback earlier this year following a bout of severe headaches.
But Ohrdorf was back in full training this week and has been given the green light to resume her season at Durham Palatinates in the WBBL Trophy.
“I never imagined I would have been out this long,” she said. “It’s been an incredibly frustrating time for everyone.
“I guess I didn’t take the concussion seriously enough immediately after it had happened and I just thought everything would be ok.
“It turns out I should have looked after myself a little better as I was clearly in no position to play in the weeks immediately after the injury.
“I’ve been suffering from painful headaches ever since but fingers crossed the worst is over and I’m due to suit up against Durham.”
The Palatinates have been in eye-catching form in 2019 and Ohrdorf’s Eagles return can’t come soon enough.
Newcastle have lost back-to-back fixtures against their derby foes and are badly in need of a boost.
“Durham have had the better of us in the last two weeks but we have the tools to beat them,” insisted Ohrdorf ahead of tonight’s Eagles Community Arena clash (8pm tip).
“They were very fortunate to pinch the win against us last weekend – we just tired down the stretch and handed the game to them.
“If we play to our potential and stick to the plan then I’m convinced we can snap our losing streak.
“It’s been difficult watching the games from the sidelines and I can’t wait to get on the floor and contribute for the first time in weeks.”
Newcastle coach Chris Bunten is absent overseas this week, leaving assistant Jordan Webb at the helm.
The Eagles sit bottom of their WBBL Trophy North One group and nothing less than victory will keep alive the club’s slim hopes of progressing in the competition.
Tickets are available on the door at just £5, which is reduced to £2.50 for BBL season ticket holders. Doors open at 7pm ahead of the 8pm tip.