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Marc Gasol, successfully operated on a fracture in his right foot

The Spanish center of the Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol was successfully operated on for the grade three fracture in the tarsus of his right foot that he suffered on February 8 in the game against the Portland Trails Blazers and that will prevent him from playing again what he season left.
Gasol, 31, a franchise player three seasons ago, leaves the team without the leader on the field and the best man in the paint.
The directors of the Grizzlies, led by general manager Chris Wallace, reiterated after knowing the result of the operation carried out last Saturday by specialists Roberts Anderson and Drew Murphy, that they were all focused on achieving Gasol’s full recovery.
However, they could not disclose the time he could be out, but due to the experience of similar injuries suffered by other players, including his brother Pau Gasol, the time will not be less than four months and can be extended up to six.
Specialists point out that fractures in the feet of athletes need more recovery time since they must support the weight of the body and when it occurs in larger players, a longer period is required.
Gasol has reiterated through the team that he will work to make a complete and safe recovery possible in the shortest possible time, without offering a date for his possible return to competition.
The foregoing means that it is not known whether he will be able to be recovered to be part of the Spanish national team that will participate in the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016, which will be played in August.
The player from Sant Boi, who was injured on February 8 during the first quarter of the game that the Grizzlies played against the Portland Trail Blazers, does not know exactly what happened and when he really suffered the fracture in his right foot.
The loss of Gasol, who last summer signed a contract for five years and 113 million dollars, left the Grizzlies without the most consistent player on the team who had averages of 16.6 points; 7 seven rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
Although the middle of the Gasol brothers had not had the same level of play as in the 2014-15 season when he managed to start the All-Star Game, he did help the Grizzlies occupy fifth place in the Conference standings. West with a mark of 32-23.
During the 2014-15 season, Gasol managed to integrate the First Team of the league, something that no Hispanic player had ever achieved, and was also the winner of the Best Defender of the Year award in the 2012-13 season.
Without Gasol, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has moved forward Zach Randolph to No. 5 while keeping forward Matt Barnes as the starter at No. 4.
The Grizzlies also have power forward Brandan Wright on the bench who could receive more minutes and have been reinforced with center Chris Andersen, who was transferred from the Miami Heat.
In the four games that the Grizzlies have played without Gasol, including the one with the injury against the Trail Blazers, they are 2-2, the last one was against the Toronto Raptors, leaders of the Atlantic Division, and they lost it on the road by 98-85.
Without Gasol, the realistic goal now for the Grizzlies is to try and secure a top eight spot in the Western Conference that would get them back in finals competition, but without any aspirations to fight for the title. champions title. EFE

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