By Martin Burns
Reeves Nelson who plays basketball for the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Bruins has returned to training wearing goggles after being poked in his right eye.
The freshman was given immediate medical attention after being poked in the face during a match against Kansas on Sunday (6th December).
Readers of the Bruins" website have praised the starting centre"s courage in a game in which he managed to score nine points and grab nine rebounds against Kansas despite the injury forcing his eye shut.
One reader said: "I was at the game and the Bruins had all the momentum after that dunk by Reeves in which he was poked. I think that if he had no[t] been injured the Bruins could have won the game."
Nelson returned to training on Wednesday evening (December 9th) and made it through the session satisfactorily.
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by Alexa Kaczka