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Griffin door opens for Caps

KELSEY Griffin returns tonight for defending WNBL champion Canberra for its postponed match against Perth Lynx in the capital.

The match was postponed due to the bushfires and smoke compromising the ability to breathe inside the venue when it originally was scheduled on January 5.

Griffin, 32 and a 188cm forward, has sorely been missed by the Capitals since she suffered a high ankle sprain last month and a minor hamstring setback last week.

But the star of last season's championship, reigning league MVP, multiple Rachael Sporn Medallist as the championship series MVP, and MVP of the FIBA 2017 Asia Cup with the Opals, has the all-clear to resume tonight.

Canberra lost forward Keely Froling last week to an errant elbow from Melbourne Boomers' import Sophie Cunningham. Froling has had surgery for her broken nose and fractured cheekbone (below), so Griffin's return could not be more timely.

However she will be on a minutes-restriction and likely to play about 15 minutes against the Lynx.

“We’ve been working at it now for a few weeks just trying to make sure all my loads are right and that I’m not at risk. With the medical team, we decided that today is a good day to go out and play, so I’m really excited,” Griffin said.

Capitals' coach Paul Goriss is delighted to have his top player back in uniform, even if on restricted time.

“Kelsey’s IQ, toughness, leadership and all those things she brings to us will help, even if it is just 15 minutes. Perth are undersized without their import (sacked Imani McGee-Stafford) so it helps us having another big body on the court to help with (Marianna) Tolo,” he said.

Meanwhile the WNBL has made no public announcement whether it would cite Cunningham.

BACK TOGETHER AGAIN: Griffin and Tolo ... ready to take on the Lynx.

Jan 22

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