|This is a sight Lithuania fans will be missing this summer: Paulius Jankunas celebrating|
The Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has announced that, contrary to initial estimates, forward Paulius Jankunas will not conclude his rehabilitation in time to play for the national team at EuroBasket 2013.
"It is unfortunate, but recent tests showed that I have not yet fully recover, and one should play for the national team only if they are prepared to give 100 percent," Jankunas said.
"I wish the team good luck at the EuroBasket and I hope that next year I will be part of it again," he added.
According to a report on BasketNews.lt the Zalgiris Kaunas captain can already lift weights and undergo physical training normally, but the doctors have ordered him to abstain from playing basketball for approximately another month.
The EuroBasket tips off on 4 September and Lithuania commence their preparations already on Monday 15 July.
"To be on the safe side, we had made the preliminary squad a bit bigger from the start, so we do not need to call any additional players now [in Jankunas' place]," Lithuania head coach Jonas Kazlauskas clarified.
Jankunas underwent shoulder surgery in February and then in March guard Martynas Pocius had an operation to deal with stress fracture in his right ankle, which led to Kazlauskas announcing a 15-strong list of players, as a means of insurance in case exactly one of the two was unable to report at training camp.
The 14 players that remain at the disposal of the coach and should be present at the first get-together in Palanga on Monday are: Mantas Kalnietis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Jonas Maciulis, Robertas Javtokas, Martynas Gecevicius, Adas Juskevicius, Darjus Lavrinovic, Ksistof Lavrinovic, Tomas Delininkaitis, Renaldas Seibutis, Martynas Pocius, Linas Kleiza, Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas.
Lithuania were drawn into First Round Group B at the EuroBasket and will go up against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Latvia, Montenegro and F.Y.R. of Macedonia.