Lavey called into Opals World Cup squad

Rio Olympian Tessa Lavey has joined the Australian women's basketball World Cup squad in Spain after Lauren Mansfield headed home to nurse a foot injury.

Tessa Lavey

Tessa Lavey has joined the Opals World Cup squad as an injury replacement for Lauren Mansfield (AAP)

Lauren Mansfield has been ruled out of the Australian Opals upcoming World Cup campaign in Spain through injury to open up a recall for Tessa Lavey.

Mansfield played a key role off the bench when Australia claimed silver at last year's Asia Cup but a foot injury has forced her to head home from the team base for treatment ahead of the WNBL season.

Lavey, a 2014 World Championship bronze medallist and Rio Olympian, is currently on her way to join the squad in Tenerife.

"We are all so disappointed for Lauren but we know Tessa will be ready to fight and do whatever is asked of her," said Opals head coach Sandy Brondello.

"Tessa's athleticism, leadership and point guard ability will be a great asset for us. Her familiarity with the system and team mates will also enable a smooth transition as we move into the World Cup."

The Opals play two final warm-up games against China and Spain or Japan as well as a closed pick-up game against the USA to round out their preparations for a World Cup opener with Nigeria next Saturday

Australia, the world No.4-ranked nation, are grouped in pool B with the Africans, Argentina and Turkey.

Published 15 September 2018 at 8:06pm
Source: AAP