Zalgiris Kaunas received a big blow even before the start of the season after it became clear that Robertas Javtokas will have to mis 4-6 months of action with a stress fracture in his foot.
Javtokas got injured in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela, when the national team's doctors diagnosed the problem.
"The foot really hurt, I couldn't run. They were looking for the cause - first they did a X-Ray, then an MRI and noticed that it was a stress fracture," the center explained.
Doctors hoped that rest and a special cast could solve the problem, but after a secondary examination, it became clear that the player could be sidelined up to half a year.
Javtokas will undergo surgery next week and will have to wear a cast for three months and could only return to action after New Year's in the best case scenario.