France Fears Over Noah

20 July 2011

EUROBASKET 2011

France are keeping their fingers crossed that an injury suffered by center Joakim Noah three months ago will not prevent him from playing at the EuroBasket.

While giving the national team players medical examinations at INSEP in Paris last week, Team France doctors viewed an old injury of Noah's.

The FFBB said in a statement: "In an act of transparency, the FFBB sent the medical reports to his club and his agent."

The federation said that the latter had wanted to study the situation and take stock in Chicago with the player.

The FFBB said the medical staff of Team France has proposed a rehabilitation protocol for treatment so the player can resume training with the Blues as soon as possible.

The federation have also sent their own representative, Crawford Palmer, to Chicago "to coordinate the rehabilitation program of the player in accordance with his agent."

France opened their training camp at Pau on Wednesday but the player who could become more important if Noah is unable to play, big man Kevin Seraphin, will not join his teammates until the weekend.

The 2.06m power forward is in Washington, D.C., tending to what the FFBB called "an administration problem".

Seraphin just finished his rookie campaign with the Washington Wizards.

Veteran forward Mickael Gelabale has returned to France to be with the preliminary squad after going to the Antilles following the death of his father.

 


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