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Abrines hyperextended his right knee playing for his native Spain in FIBA EuroBasket. And though he was held him out of the rest of the tournament – at least in part at the request of the Thunder, according to an earlier report from Spanish website MARCA – Abrines said the injury’s effects didn’t linger long. “I didn’t feel pain at all after the first day,” he said Wednesday during a Thunder Cares visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo. “But the MRI said I had a bone bruise, so that’s what keeps me (off) of the court.”

“Today is certainly a difficult day,” Abrines tweeted out in a statement that has been translated from its original Spanish. “Today I have to leave Eurobasket, something that those who know me know it hurts especially, because being part of this TEAM is an honor and a privilege. Even these days, unable to help on the court, although difficult, have been important to me. I can only thank others for worrying so much about me. Finally, this is the time and place to give all the strength in the world to my teammates, to ‘The Family,’ who will certainly fight until the last day to achieve our goal, winning Eurobasket.”

Following a mutual decision between the Spanish Basketball Federation and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Alex Abrines will stay out of the remainder of the EuroBasket. As reported by Spanish Marca, the knee injury that the 24-year-old swingman suffered in Game 1 of the tournament vs Montenegro is enough to cause an alarm. “There is no veto in this kind of situation. The only thing that matters is the condition of the player,” is the Federation’s position.

He didn’t play after halftime. Abrines missed the next game with what the Spanish Basketball Federation called “discomfort in his left knee.” He was being rested for precautionary reasons. Abrines did play late minutes in Spain’s final group game against Argentina on Monday. But the sit-down signaled a continuation of niggling injuries for Abrines in the last three years. In 2013, he missed the U20 European Championships to recover from patellar tendonitis in his right knee. In March 2015, he had to miss two weeks with FC Barcelona after tweaking the same knee in EuroLeague competition. In Aug. 2015, Abrines had to start special treatment for plantar fasciitis in his right foot while training with Spain. The common bond between his injuries: stress. Patellar tendonitis is caused by stress on the patella tendon. Plantar fasciitis can be brought on by stress on the heel and the attached tissue on the bottom of the foot. The heel pain from plantar fasciitis can also lead to problems with the knees, back or hips.
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