Ginobili awaiting decision from Spurs for clearance to play in World Cup

As expected, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s most recent test results on the stress fracture in his right leg came in Friday, and according to Ginobili’s doctor, Diego Grippo, he is still “optimistic” Ginobili can play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but the ultimate decision has to come from the Spurs (Via

“The results were good, make us optimistic,” positive word of Diego Grippo on the status of Manu Ginobili for the forthcoming World excites everyone. The team doctor confirmed that the bahiense studies were “positive” but now have to wait the decision of San Antonio.

The article states Ginobili had CT Scans and MRI’s conducted on his leg, and unless needed, there likely won’t be anymore testing on the part of the doctor from Argentina. The report indicated that the Spurs’ decision would be made “in the coming hours.”

After Ginobili’s results came out, he tweeted later Friday that he had completed his first practice with the Argentine National team.

Translated: “First day of training with the national team. Very atypical, but as always, very happy to be here. Thanks to all x support!”

According to a FIBA Official authority for Latin America, Pablo Borsu, the practice involved stretching and shooting, not a full contact 5-on-5 practice.

Until there’s more clarification, Project Spurs will continue to monitor Ginobili’s situation on whether he will or won’t play for his home country at the World Cup next month in Spain.





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