Teodosic Avoids Worst Case Scenario

29 May 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

4. Milos Teodosic (Serbia)
Milos Teodosic is expected to return to practice in two months' time

Serbia breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday as CSKA Moscow announced that Milos Teodosic will not be operated on his injured left calf, meaning he could return to action in time for EuroBasket 2013.

The point guard was submitted to extensive tests in a specialised clinic in Munich and the 'German doctors expressed the opinion that the player does not need surgery,' a statement on CSKA's official website announced.

"Teodosic needs to undergo conservative treatment with various types of physical therapy and special rehabilitation," the statement specified the next steps in the process.

"It is expected that Milos will be able to join basketball practices in two months approximately," it concluded.

The Serbian star will now return to Moscow and will decide on the details of his rehabilitation process in conjunction with his club.

Serbian Basketball Federation vice-president Dejan Bodiroga had said earlier on the same day that national team head coach Dusan Ivkovic would announce his preliminary squad for the EuroBasket next week, and that the federation was monitoring closely Teodosic's condition.

It is now possible that Ivkovic will include the charismatic playmaker in the squad, since if the treatment goes according to plan he could join Serbia's training camp as early as late July.

Teodosic took a knock during CSKA's VTB United League play-off game against Khimki on Sunday, and while it became immediately apparent that he would miss the finale of the club season, fears were expressed that he would have to be operated and could be sidelined for up to four months.

The EuroBasket tips off on 4 September and Serbia face Lithuania in their Group B opener; they will then do battle with F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Latvia for a top-three finish in the group that leads to the Second Round.

The 26-year-old Teodosic has been a key player on the Serbian senior national team since EuroBasket 2007 and assumed the role of the leader under Ivkovic, averaging 12.4 points, 4.9 assists and 2.9 during their Qualification Round campaign last summer.


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