|Todor Gechevski is back in a F.Y.R. of Macedonia vest, further fueling the enthusiasm around the team|
F.Y.R of Macedonia have successfully completed reuniting the surprise package that reached the semi-finals of EuroBasket 2011, as on Monday veteran Todor Gechevski joined the training camp for September's EuroBasket.
"I need some time to find rhythm, but I will try my best to help the team as much as I can," said the 36-year-old Gechevski.
"Really soon, by the tournament in Germany (23-25 August) we will be able to see the real face of the team, the closest possible to what it will be at the EuroBasket.
"I believe in my team-mates and believe that everything will be fine."
Gechevski and the rest of his team-mates will undergo double training sessions daily until Saturday, when they face Lithuania in a warm-up game in Skopje.
The veteran center averaged 8.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game during his last outing with the national team, in last summer's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela, while he contributed nine points and 4.3 rebounds on average at EuroBasket 2011.
Following the arrival of point guard Bo McCalebb and power forward and captain Pero Antic last week, F.Y.R of Macedonia head coach Ales Pipan now has the entire core of their most successful national team ever, ready to report for duty at EuroBasket 2013.
F.Y.R of Macedonia were drawn in First Round Group B at EuroBasket 2013, and will go up against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Lithuania, Serbia and Latvia.
Serbia Wait On Nedovic
|Nemanja Nedovic picked up a groin injury and piles on the injury misery for Serbia|
F.Y.R of Macedonia's opponents in Group B, Serbia, were glad to see winger Vasilije Micić play in his first warm-up game with the national team this summer, in Monday's 84-79 defeat of Russia in Belgrade.
However, the return of Micić from injury coincided with the loss of guard Nemanja Nedovic, who picked up a groin injury during the third quarter of the Monday encounter.
"Right now it's painful, on Tuesday the tests will show the importance of the situation," said Nedovic.
"I'd felt some pain during the first half, but I've never had a groin injury in my career before, so I don't know what to expect."
Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic said that he hopes Nedovic will not be sidelined for long, and is expecting on Tuesday to also receive a medical report on forward Vladimir Lucic, who has been struggling with back pain for the past two weeks.
Meanwhile Ivkovic and Serbia are still unsure at this point whether the rehabilitation of Milos Teodosic will conclude on time to allow the star point guard to compete at the EuroBasket.