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Jerebko Availability Still Unknown

29 August 2012
EUROBASKET QUALIFIERS

Jonas Jerebko Sweden
Jonas Jerebko's participation in Sweden's clash against Bulgaria will be decided before the game on Thursday

Sweden won't know until the day of their clash with Bulgaria on Thursday if Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko can shake off an ankle injury and play in the crunch game.

Jerebko got hurt in the second half of Monday night's home win against Luxembourg when he stepped on an opponent's ankle.

The Swedish Federation has announced: "It's gratifying that there is no serious injury, but it is too early to say if Jonas can play against Bulgaria in the EuroBasket qualifier on 30 August.

"We will take the decision on the day of the game," said team manager Jonte Karlsson.

Jerebko, 25, is averaging 20 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Bulgaria won the first encounter between the sides on 15 August, 78-73.

Meanwhile, Stanislav Vaklinov, a 23-year-old power forward, has come into the Bulgaria squad as a replacement for center Nikolay Kolev.

Kolev has problems with his vestibular system.

Sweden, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan are all 2-2 in Group B behind Germany (4-0) and ahead of Luxembourg (0-4).

The top two sides in each of the six Qualification Round groups, and the four best third-place teams, progress to the Final Round.

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