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Koponen Blow For Finland

23 July 2010
Petteri Koponen's bid to be fit for Finland's EuroBasket qualifying campaign has ended after he was forced to have another operation.

Koponen was attempting to battle back from a stress fracture in his foot suffered in April, and spoke optimistically about his chances of returning earlier this week.

However, that schedule has now been abandoned.

"The bone in Peter's leg is improving with the rehabilitation, and it has been in line with expectations," said team doctor Aleksi Kallioniemi.

"But Peter has had a small routine operation aimed at preventing a recurrence of the same injury.

"He is in good hands, with the operation carried out by experts in the field. He was back walking again (immediately), but the operation will delay his rehabilitation for several weeks."

Coach Henrik Dettmann gave his support to Koponen following the setback.

"It's great that Peter is receiving the best care possible" he said.

"He is a young man and can make a speedy recovery.

"We want to manage the condition carefully before he makes his comeback."

Finland will take on Great Britain and Canada this weekend as they prepare for their EuroBasket qualifying campaign.

Finland are in Group A alongside Italy, Latvia, Montenegro and Israel.

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