|16 May 2012|
|Montenegro have every reason to hope that Nikola Pekovic will recover in time to help the national team in their EuroBasket 2013 qualifying campaign|
Montenegro captain Nikola Pekovic has had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA club Pekovic plays for, have announced in a statement: "Pekovic underwent successful surgery today (Tuesday) to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.
"The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
"Pekovic missed eight games during the 2011-12 season due to the bones spurs."
The 2.11m center made 47 appearances, averaging 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.
He was 2nd in the NBA in field goal shooting at 56.4% and 18th with 181 offensive rebounds.
Pekovic finished third in the NBA Most Improved Player voting.
The big man flew home to Montenegro at the end of the season and met with his country's basketball federation.
He has thus far not been ruled out of the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round against Serbia, Israel, Estonia, the Slovak Republic and Iceland.
Montenegro's first game is at home against Israel on 15 August.
The top two sides and four best third-place teams in the six Qualification Round groups will advance to the Final Round in Slovenia.