Nicolas Batum Suffers Ankle Sprain In Eurobasket Warmup
Eurobasket 2013, held this year in Slovenia, doesn't officially start until the beginning of September, but preparation games are already well underway all across Europe, meaning both Nicolas Batum (France) and Victor Claver (Spain) are busy getting work in with their respective national teams.
It also means they're at risk of injury. And according to Eurobasket's official website
, Batum sustained a minor ankle sprain early in the second half of a 78-74 overtime victory
against Serbia in Antibes, France on August 15. Batum finished with just three points in 17 minutes before leaving the game. The French struggled without Batum, as they Les Bleus needed two three-pointers from Tony Parker in the final 90 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.
While the sprain is reportedly not serious (a source says the injury is "no big deal") Batum did not play in France's 86-71 victory
versus Georgia on August 17. Batum is expected to be ready to play before France begins the preliminary group stage against Germany
on September 4, though it is not know if he will play in any of France's remaining friendlies.
Batum has had his share of injuries throughout his career. He battled a nagging right wrist injury for much of the 2012-13 season and missed the end of the season with soreness in his right shoulder. Batum had surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder in 2009. Despite the injuries, Batum has missed just 17 games over the last three season.
As for Claver, he's healthy and starting for Spain. He played 17 minutes and scored 2 points
in Spain's 70-66 victory against Poland on August 13 and scored eight in a 85-54 victory
against Germany on August 17.