By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Pending confirmations to be delivered by the Basketball Federation of Serbia, the roster of the Serbia senior national team has shrunk down to 17 players.
Aleksa Avramovic of Partizan NIS was ruled out of the 2022 EuroBasket and preceding 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers due to an injury on his right hand, relays Mozzart Sport. The update on the status of the 27-year-old combo guard mentions he will be sidelined for about two months. He picked up the injury in the recent international window centered on wrapping up the previous stage of the World Cup European Qualifiers.
Partizan teammate Alen Smailagic has been reported as a cut due to injury as well. From there, national team selector Svetislav Pesic is rumored to have removed captain Milos Teodosic from the list of available players. Also on the initial callups, Nikola Jovic and Aleksej Pokuševski were stopped by the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, from powering the squad in the upcoming international fixtures. At the top, Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Atlanta Hawks was ruled out after undergoing right knee surgery during the offseason.
Serbia’s remaining selections:
Nemanja Bjelica (Fenerbahce Beko)
Dejan Davidovac (CSKA)
Ognjen Dobric (Crvena Zvezda mts)
Marko Guduric (Fenerbahce Beko)
Marko Jagodic-Kuriza (Buducnost VOLI)
Ognjen Jaramaz (FC Bayern Munich)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Nikola Kalinic (FC Barcelona)
Balsa Koprivica (Partizan NIS)
Vladimir Lucic (FC Bayern Munich)
Vanja Marinkovic (Cazoo Baskonia)
Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes)
Nikola Milutinov (CSKA)
Nemanja Nedovic (Crvena Zvezda mts)
Filip Petrusev (Crvena Zvezda mts)
Dusan Ristic (Carplus Fuenlabrada)
Borisa Simanic (Casademont Zaragoza)
On the back of approaching prep games, Serbia will be ready to start the final round of World Cup Qualifiers in late August. EuroBasket follows in September.
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