|Vitaliy Fridzon will not play for Russia this summer due to an injury|
The progress of generational change that Russia commenced last year will need to accelerate even faster this summer, as four veteran players have had to pull out of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.
The battle-hardened small-forward, who turned 31 last April, is recovering from a bout of pneumonia.
Then on Thursday, national team general manager Dmitry Domani confirmed that guards Vitaliy Fridzon and Sergey Bykov as well as forward Andrey Vorontsevich were also ruled out of Russia's EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round campaign, due to injury.
"We had hoped until now that the guys would have sufficient time to recover before the start of the Eurobasket 2015 qualifiers and join the team," Domani, a former international player himself, stated.
"However the doctors have delivered their final verdict and unfortunately it is definitively negative.
"These experienced guys could have helped the national team enormously, but we have no right to risk their health", Domani concluded.
The sharp-shooting Fridzon was Russia's second-top scorer at EuroBasket 2013, averaging 10.8 points per game, and went on to have an excellent first season with CSKA Moscow in both the Euroleague and the VTB league.
Vorontsevich was forced to miss out on EuroBasket 2013 after sustaining an injury in training camp, just six days before the start of the tournament.
The absence of the dynamic power forward from the Russian frontcourt was more than felt by Vasiliy Karasev's team in Slovenia, as they were consistently out-rebounded and finished the tournament in last place with four losses in five games.
Bykov on the other hand had struggled for form in the last year and was not included in Russia's EuroBasket 2013 squad but had been a solid performer for the senior national team since his first participation, at the triumphant EuroBasket 2007 in Spain.