Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has a stress fracture in his right leg and is unlikely to play for the Argentina national team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Doctors discovered the early stages of a stress fracture in his exit physical with the Spurs and appears Ginobili suffered the injury in the late stages of San Antonio’s run for their fifth NBA title.
The 36-year-old guard is looking for a second medical opinion before making any final decisions according to the report.
After getting the second medical opinion, Ginobili tweeted that there indeed is an injury, but he will wait 20 days to see how it heals before deciding if he’ll participate in the World Cup in August.
La lesión existe pero mi participación en el mundial dependerá de cuánto mejore en estos 20+ días. Sigo siendo optimista.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 2, 2014
Here is Ginobili’s translated tweet:
The injury there is but my participation in the world will depend on how much better these 20 + days. I’m still optimistic.
The recovery and rehabilitation time for the injury is expected to be two months, which means Ginobili should be available for the start of Spurs training camp later this fall.
In April of 2009, Ginobili suffered the same injury and was sidelined for the playoffs.
During the Spurs championship run, Ginobili averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game.
(Paul Garcia contributed to this report.)