|28 May 2013|
|Milos Teodosic might have to undergo surgery, with an estimated recovery time of two to four months |
Serbia head coach Dusan Ivkovic and the entire nation are nervously awaiting the final diagnosis on a leg injury that point guard Milos Teodosic suffered on Sunday and could prevent him from playing at EuroBasket 2013.
Teodosic went down in CSKA Moscow's game away at Khimki in the VTB United League play-offs and his coach Ettore Messina knew immediately that it didn't look good.
"Milos Teodosic is apparently out for the season because he has suffered severe damage to the tibia," the Italian tactician said on Sunday night.
On Monday, CSKA president Andrey Vatutin was able to give more information, but it was not exactly what Serbia fans would like to hear.
"Unfortunately, Teodosic might have to go into surgery," Vatunin said on Russian TV.
"We have already contacted doctors in Germany and soon we will know the answer, if he will be operated and by whom.
"Recovery from such injuries is between two and four months."
With the EuroBasket tipping off on 4 September, Teodosic could theoretically join Serbia's training camp in early August, should he be able to conclude treatment and rehabilitation within the shortest time estimate of two months.
Anything longer than that though would mean that Ivkovic has to go back to the drawing board, as the Serbian national team would be losing one of their linchpins.
The 26-year-old Teodosic has been instrumental in the resurgence of the Serbians in the last years, following the lows of 13th place at EuroBasket 2007 in Spain.
When Ivkovic handed him the role of the leader at EuroBasket 2009, he averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 assists to lead the 'Plavi' into the title game against Spain.
The next year, Serbia came very close to another medal at the World Championship but lost to Turkey in the semi-final and finished in fourth place as Teodosic averaged 11.3 points and 5.6 assists.
He led the team in scoring and assists (12.4 ppg and 4.9 apg) last summer, as Serbia took second place in Qualification Round Group A and punched their ticket to the EuroBasket in Slovenia.
In September's big event, Serbia will do battle with neighbours Montenegro, F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Lithuania and Latvia, in First Round Group B.