The Spanish player of the Milwaukee Bucks Pau Gasol has confirmed this Wednesday that, due to the foot injury and the operation on May 10, he will not be able to be in the China World Cup this summer, but he has made clear his commitment to the national team and his desire to be in Tokyo 2020, as it has gone through the operating room "precisely to continue playing at the highest level."
"Due to the operation and the injury, I will not be able to be in this World Cup in China, but I will still be supporting the team and wishing them a great championship," Gasol said in statements made by his communication department.
The Catalan made it clear that it will be a "difficult" summer for him. "I would have liked to be with my team, with my teammates, for me, the national team has always been very important and I am very proud to compete with them and fight for international success," he recalled. "I will always be close to them for a thousand reasons, we are a family and it is not just a hashtag or a slogan, but it is the spirit of our team, of our selection, "the center said.
In fact, this impediment does not make you think about leaving the national team and already think about the next appointment, the Olympic Games in Tokyo in summer 2020. "Hopefully we qualify for the Games and next year can be with the team" , he predicted.
Pau Gasol was submitted on May 10 to surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his left foot. An injury that has prevented him from finishing the season and that, at almost 39, has led to rumors about a withdrawal that has been ruled out. "This operation is precisely to continue playing basketball at the highest level, I hope that next season is full of health, that can compete and help the team wherever it is," said Sant Boi.
The Bucks player sees "normal" that there are "certain speculations" about it because of his age. "Many at my age are already retired, but there are also cases of players like Vince Carter or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who have played to older ages, it is a possibility that I will continue to fight, I love what I do, I love to continue playing "he confessed.
"I've already passed the worst"
Anyway, he wants to go step by step and focus on recovery. "I am in a phase of no support, of letting the operation take effect and following the protocol of recovery, I am calm, I have already spent the worst with the postoperative, and now I am looking forward, wanting to start in the gym to do some mobility and get to work to get closer to the time to return to the tracks, "he acknowledged.
Of course, he regrets not being able to be with his new teammates in the Bucks in the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors of his brother Marc Gasol, who is tied (2-2). "It is clear that I would have liked to face Marc and the Raptors but, for circumstances that are beyond my control, it could not be," he lamented.
"As a competitor that I am, it is clear that I would like to play with my teammates and participate in this important moment of the season," added the Catalan, who remains "very involved" with his new team, trying to contribute his "experience and leadership". "I try to contribute everything I can from my position, I can not think of anything else and I want my teammates to play at a great level to win and get closer to the ring," he concluded.
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