THE national netball side suffered an injury scare as they prepare to face the Malawi Queens in two Test matches.
Captain Matila Waqanidrola aggravated her calf muscle injury yesterday during a training session at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.
Fiji Pearls coach Unaisi Rokoura said the rugged defender was expected to recover by Saturday but would not be at 100 per cent.
"It's an old injury that she had for a while but she just pulled it today (yesterday) and it made her sit out the rest of the training," she said.
Team physiotherapist Mehnaz Ali kept a close watch on Waqanidrola yesterday.
Another defender, Raijeli Daveua also missed training as she has not fully recovered from flu.
Meanwhile, Rokoura said the girls were mentally geared up for the Tests matches (tomorrow and Monday) at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
She said they understood Malawi were coming to Fiji without a win from their tour of Australia and New Zealand.
"They will want to win at least something on their tour of the South Pacific and we are the last stop," the former national centre said.
"They will be looking to restore lost pride and we have talked to our girls about that and they understand the situation the Malawi Queens are in."
Rokoura said she also had one-on-one talks with the players to better assist with the mental preparation for the Tests.
"Mental toughness is very important because Malawi are coming here with an aim to win their last two matches on tour.
"Our girls need to understand how Malawi are feeling following their win less tour of Australia and New Zealand and we will have to play smart against them."
The Malawi Queens arrive in the country today.