By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Czech Republic made it to the FIBA World Cup for the first time, but will not have Jan Vesely at China, the Czech Basketball Federation, CBF, announced on Monday. The 29-year-old forward/center is still rehabbing after his knee injury and will not be medically cleared for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
“Unfortunately, I will not play in the World Cup. Health is more important. I have to heal my injured knee, so I will not be able to prepare for the World Cup” the Fenerbahce BEKO player admitted and added: “I was looking forward to the World Cup, but health issues will not permit me to join the national team.”
Vesely was included in the preliminary list of the Czech Republic, but was not able to overcome his injury. Without him, his national team will face the United States, Japan and Turkey and Group E action at Shanghai between September 1st and 5th.