Basketball In Europe
|The huge blow for both Valencia and Spain comes just as Victor Claver was having his arguably best season so far|
Fractured Metatarsal Knocks Claver Out
Power Electronics Valencia captain and Spain international Victor Claver has fractured a metatarsal in his right foot and will be out of action for two months.
Claver, 22, is having the best season of his young career, averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in the ACB and 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
Valencia coach Svetislav Pesic, the mentor of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate program, made the announcement ahead of his team's Euroleague game at BC Zalgiris on Thursday.
Hervelle Knee Knock
If Belgium are going to have their best team on the floor at this summer's EuroBasket in Lithuania, big man Axel Hervelle needs to be in the line-up.
Coach Eddy Casteels will be glad to know, therefore, that Bizkaia Bilbao Basket power forward does not have a serious knee injury.
The 2.05m Hervelle underwent an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a badly bruised right knee.
He should be able to return to action soon.
Bilbao are sixth in the ACB with a 12-9 record.
Hervelle did not play in the club's come-from-behind win over Blancos de Rueda Valladolid at the weekend.
He is averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game at Bilbao.
Smodis Out With ‘Heart Problems'
Slovenia international Matjaz Smodis is taking a break from basketball because of a heart problem, according to his club CSKA Moscow.
The captain of his national team at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, Smodis, 31, has battled injuries in recent times but had returned to the court this season to play for the Russian giants.
The club has announced on its website: "Our team's forward Matjaz Smodis is out because of recently diagnosed heart problems.
"The player is advised to take full rest for a week, then he will undergo a detailed examination which will allow us to talk about his prospective return on the floor."