Israel Ironman Pnini Faces Long Lay-Off

11 November 2014

8. Guy Pnini (Israel)
Guy Pnini will miss most of the season after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv captain and Israeli national team linchpin Guy Pnini underwent Achilles tendon surgery on Tuesday morning, the club has announced.

The operation was performed at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and was successful, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague 2014 champions disclosed in a statement on their website.

Although no prediction on the exact duration of the rehabilitation process and on whether Pnini will be back in action in time for Israel's training camp for EuroBasket 2015 has been made, the winger is all but certain to be sidelined until late into the club season.

Pnini sustained the injury during Monday's Tel Aviv derby between Maccabi and Hapoel in the Israeli Winner League, which his team ended up losing 78-58.

The extent of Pnini's injury became immediately apparent and messages of support poured in from current and former team-mates.

Fellow Israel international Alex Tyus wrote on twitter: "Wishing a great team-mate and person Guy Pnini a speedy recovery, will be missed rest of the season."

Meanwhile Australian international Joe Ingles, who was a member of Maccabi's Euroleague-winning team last season, tweeted: "Thoughts are with my man Guy Pnini. Horrible injury for a great player and friend. Speedy recovery mate."

The hard-nosed, sharp-shooting small forward has been the most consistent component of the Israeli national team in the past eight years.

Pnini made his senior international debut in August 2007, at Israel's 72-60 win away at Denmark during qualification for the EuroBasket later that year.

He never missed a single summer campaign of Israel from then onwards, suiting up among others in four consecutive EuroBasket tournaments, from 2007 to 2013.

Pnini averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game in the 2nd Qualifying Round last August to help Israel qualify for EuroBasket 2015.

He had a solid start to the new Euroleague season with Maccabi, contributing 9.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per encounter.



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