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Britain's Davis Cup hopes suffered a massive blow when Greg Rusedski pulled out with a heel injury.
Rusedski picked up the injury during his US Open third-round defeat to Pete Sampras and will play no part in Britain's qualifying match against Thailand on Friday.

He has been replaced in the squad by British number 14 Miles MacLagan as the team bid to return to the World Group.

With Rusedski absent, and British number one Tim Henman rating his chances of making the tie "no more than 50-50", the prospects look far from good.

Henman is still struggling with the shoulder injury that hampered him during the US Open earlier this month.

But team captain Roger Taylor is confident his side can overcome Thailand in Birmingham.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "The fact that we won't have his (Greg Rusedski's) services in this tie is bad news for us because he's been playing some great tennis."

And he defended his decision to call up the little-known MacLagan.

"I know Miles from the World Team Cup," added Taylor. "He played doubles with Martin Lee, played pretty well and won some matches.

"He's an experienced player and has played in the Davis Cup before."

Taylor confirmed that Rusedski's singles place will be taken by Martin Lee, while Arvind Parmar remains on stand-by depending on Henman's fitness.

Henman had his first practice session since the US Open on Monday but is still a major doubt for the tie.

Thai threat

Taylor, though, insisted he was upbeat about his chances.

"Tim had his first hit since the US Open today," he explained.

"His progress and recovery are going quite well and he's been exercising his shoulder.

"That's a real bonus and we're optimistic that he can play some part in the tie."

Thailand have only one player ranked in the world's top 200, but the form of world number 31 Paradorn Srichaphan is of concern to the British team.

He beat Andre Agassi at Wimbledon, won his first tournament in August and has been steadily rising up the rankings all year.
 

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great news for the Brits...........:sad: :sad: :sad:............not
 

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Really does sound like they need a miracle now. Tim started the open quite well against the lower ranked opposition, but presumably, as they are both the nos 1 for their country, he will play Paradorn on the 1st day & we all know how well (until he met Kafelnikov last week) Paradorn has been playing recently.
 
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