VALENCIA (ACB/Euroleague) – Power Electronics Valencia coach Svetislav Pesic dropped a bombshell at his Tuesday morning press conference by revealing that club captain and Spain international Victor Claver will miss the next two months because of a foot injury.
Claver, 22, fractured a metatarsal in his right foot in Monday’s practice.
Miquel Frasquet, the doctor of the first team, said on Tuesday: "Yesterday during training, he hurt his foot hurt.
“We didn't think it would be anything serious but we did more tests and an x-ray and we saw the fracture.
“He didn't have a knock. It's a fracture that you get while making a bad move.
“We have opted for a conservative treatment.
“He will stop for two to three weeks depending on his condition.
“In order for him to return to the team, he will need at least two months as it's a fracture and also it's in the foot."
A Spain international, Claver is having the best season of his young career, averaging 11.5points and 4.7 rebounds in the ACB and 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in the Euroleague.
He will miss the crunch Euroleague game at BC Zalgiris on Thursday.
Both Valencia and Zalgiris are 1-3 in the Euroleague Top 16 and need to win to have any chance of advancing to the quarter-finals.
“It is a serious situation for the team,” Pesic said, “but we hope that all the players will try to give more than in other games to compensate for Victor."
Claver used his Twitter account, @VictorClaver9, to comment on the injury.
He tweeted: “Everything was very fast and a little unexpected, but I'm better with all the messages and tokens of affection from around the world. THANK YOU.”