Sep 9, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT
This is always the fear with a player suiting up for international ball.
Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the video, if you want to see it.) It wasn’t a dirty play, just one of those things, but Fesenko went straight to the ground.
Jazz blog SLC Dunk tweets it is a torn ligament and he will be out two months, we’re trying to get another report to confirm this (a report where we don’t need Google translate). This likely would involve surgery, but again we’re trying to find some more details. Fesenko was averaging just under 10 minutes a game for the Ukraine, giving them 5 points and 2 boards a game.
Fesenko does not play a big role for the Jazz (8.6 minutes per game in the 53 games he got into last season) but this may well set him back if the lockout is solved relatively soon.
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