Flu Virus Hits USK Prague Ahead Of Moscow Test

30 January 2007

A flu virus is threatening to overshadow ZVVZ USK Prague's preparations for the first leg of their EuroLeague Women Eighth-Final Play-Offs at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

Playmaker Grace Daley is definitely out of the game while forward Sandra LeDrean and leading points-scorer Sviatlana Volnaya are major doubts.

Grace Daley (ZVVZ USK Prague)
Grace Daley will be unavailable for the first game against Spartak.
Speaking ahead of the tie at the Vidnoje Basketball Centre, USK Prague coach Lubor Blazek admitted he was hoping for some respite against the 2006 EuroCup Women champions.

"I had six players in training on Friday," Blazek told

"We had to travel for a  game in the Czech league against Olomouc with two juniors in the team for Saturday's match."

Spartak and USK Prague suffered contrasting fortunes in the group stage of the competition, with the Czechs finishing bottom of Group B with a 1-9 record, while the Russian outfit topped Group A after losing just once in 10 outings.

And Blazek knows the odds are stacked against his team in Russia.

"There is no question who are the favourites for this series but we want to make the best of what we can," he said. 

"There are many very good players in the Spartak team and they can make two very strong starting fives. [But] we have a  problem to find 10 players for the game in Moscow.  Daley will definitely not play and I  hope Sandra LeDrean and Sviatlana Volnaya will be back."

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