Thomas Heurtel suffers a patellar tendon injury that will prevent him from playing the World Cup in China. The 30-year-old French baseman felt the pain during Tuesday's friendly against Turkey (69-74) and the tests carried out in Barcelona confirm the injury in his left knee.
The French Federation (FFBB) confirmed the absence of its player for the tournament, where the 'bleus' debut on September 1 against Germany, before measuring to Jordan and the Dominican Republic. "This problem requires several weeks off," the FFBB statement said.
This loss complicates Vincent Collet's plans, given that the Barcelona player was crucial in the conquest of Eurobasket 2013 and the bronze medal in the 2014 World Cup. Now, the coach must decide on a substitute for his final call of 12 players.
At the moment, Théo Maledon, 18-year-old base of Villeurbanne, has been chosen to complete the team of France that this Wednesday disputes another friendly against Tunisia in Toulouse.
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