Juancho Hernangomez in the Spanish team despite injury
This is some recovery.
Ten days after Spain banned Juancho Hernangomez from the Olympics because of a dislocated shoulder in an exhibition game against France, they reversed course and called him to the squad for Tokyo.
The Spaniards have +900 to win the gold medal at BetMGM, the third best odds of the 12 participating teams.
Hernangómez, who starts as small forward for Spain and plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, suffered a “grade 4-5 acromioclavicular dislocation in his left shoulder” minor sprain and 6 which represent all kinds of ruptures and detachments in the upper body on July 8th.
So what happened According to the official announcement, a further evaluation of the injury by employees of the Spanish Federation, the official hospital of the national team and the Timberwolves revealed that the 25-year-old Hernangómez could still travel to the Olympic Games. Spain called it “la posterior evolución de la dolencia”, which roughly translated means “the subsequent development of the injury”.
The recovery time for dislocated shoulders varies from case to case and we only know what Spain tells us about the injury. However, the Mayo Clinic warns that “resuming activity too soon after a shoulder dislocation can result in injuring or dislocating your shoulder joint.”
So let’s look at Spain’s timeline. It has been 11 days since the injury and Spain’s Group C schedule runs from July 26 to August 1, which means Hernangómez has 24 days to recover from when he is not in the group stage. Group C includes Slovenia hosted by Luka Doncic, hosts Japan and a midfield from Argentina, and the top two automatically qualify for the knockout stage, while two of the three third-placed finishers also advance.
Can the Spaniards risk missing Hernangomez for these games? It seems like a smart move to give him three and a half weeks of rest. Spain is ranked 2nd in the world by FIBA and has won a medal in all three previous Olympic Games, but has never won gold. Spain is starting Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and other NBA veterans so it doesn’t exactly hurt talent at this level.
How much Hernangómez suffers will be shown in the course of the games. It is already a victory that he drives in the first place.
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