Pau Gasol will not play more this season and the World Cup is in danger

The center of Milwaukee Bucks was operated on for a navicular fracture due to stress in the left foot. The appointment of China begins at the end of August.

Pau Gasol will not play the remainder of the season with the Bucks, who are expecting a rival for the Eastern Conference final, and his presence at the 2019 World Cup in China is in danger due to a new injury. The Spanish international was operated on this Friday by a navicular fracture due to stress in the left foot, according to Milwaukee Bucks. "The surgery was performed in Green Bay, Wisconsin, by Dr. Robert Anderson, under the supervision of the Bucks medical team," reads the statement issued by the franchise.

The navicular is a bone on the inner side of the middle part of the foot. This small bone resists a lot of stress when doing repetitive jumps or speed races. Navicular stress fractures are quite common among basketball and volleyball players: there is pain along that bone in the upper part of the foot at the level of the arch.

The navicular fracture due to stress in the left foot

The power forward 38 years (will turn 39 in July) puts an end to a season (the 18th of his career in the NBA) marked by injuries. At the beginning of the course, missed 26 games with San Antonio Spurs due to a stress fracture on that same foot: he had no real continuity until the beginning of January. The left is the same foot that was injured in the 2006 World Cup. On that occasion, however, it was a metatarsal that made him go through the operating room.

Gasol came to the Bucks in early March after requesting his departure from Texas for the lack of minutes. In Milwaukee, injured by the ankle, he could not shine either: he has only played three games, all of them in Regular Season. He has not made his debut in these playoffs and closes the course with only 30 matches at his back ..

Pau ends his contract this summer and will become a free agent in July. His idea is to continue in the North American League and close his brilliant career with the National Team in the next Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020. "I want to continue and I can continue in the NBA," he said in an interview for Generation NBA in April.

The World Cup China 2019, in the air

This injury makes us doubt the presence of the power forward in the China World Cup. The recovery process for this ailment is several months and the Asian appointment begins next August 31. That is, there are just under four months and Gasol not only should have the medical discharge, but also be in perfect physical condition to face one of his last challenges with the Selección.

España is framed in Group C with Puerto Rico, number 16 of the world ranking, Iran (27) and Tunisia (51). Sergio Scariolo's team will play all three matches in Guangzhou.

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