Rigo, operated successfully in Madrid from the crusader break

They wait six months for him to return to the courts. Bilbao Basket has already set its sights on his possible replacement: Montenegrin Kljajic, who arrives on loan from Gran Canaria.


Tomeu Rigo started the countdown to return to the courts yesterday. He underwent surgery for the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid, a general hospital founded by the prestigious surgeon and researcher Pedro Guillén, who introduced arthroscopy in Spain. They are waiting for him about six months off, so he will arrive right at the end of the season. Rigo suffered the same injury to the other knee when he was a junior, six years ago, at the Sevilla Basketball Academy. Bad fortune haunts him, since last year he was unable to start the preseason due to a muscle injury and is currently wearing a mask due to a broken nose.

The Balearic guard is the one who best knows his role in Bilbao Basket and displays it in a remarkable way: he is in charge of hardening the defense and scoring from afar when the rest of the first swords are stuck. He was injured against Joventut ten days ago, in a 'pick and roll' with Balvin. He slipped and his leg fell off. The club reacted quickly with greatness and renewed him for one season. The operation, which was performed during the afternoon yesterday, consisted of a “reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with the HTH technique” .

RETAbet has already chosen his replacement: Montenegrin guard Jovan Kljajic. He belongs to Gran Canaria and has already played against Bilbao Basket on the first day of this season. He also played against Burgos. He will land in the capital of Biscay on loan, he is 19 years old, he measures 1.96 meters and with such a young age he has already become an absolute international with Montenegro. It is a national quota for the Champions League (something that Bilbao Basket needs because it only has four and needs one more for the European tournament) because it has been registered in the federation to which the club belongs in the range between 12 and 20 years old and has averaged 13 points and 3 rebounds, two assists and two recoveries in the two games played in the LEB silver.

Kljajic was trained in the lower categories of Buducnost, until in 2016 he joined the Gran Canaria quarry to join the EBA League team. He is an offensive guard, with a lot of talent although sometimes he sins as an individualist. He was the youngest player to debut in the history of Herbalife Canaria, at 16 years and 98 days, against Tofas Bursa at the Gran Canaria Arena. RETAbet rests this week at ACB and in the last week of this month it will have three games, including two in the Champions League. An ideal stage to shoot the new signing.

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