After it was reported on Monday that San Antonio Spurs 2013 first round draft pick Livio Jean-Charles suffered a right knee injury in the FIBA U-20 games against the Czech Republic, the severity of the injury wasn't known at the time.
Now according to the French Federation of Basketball (FFBB), Jean-Charles did indeed suffer a severe right knee sprain and will undergo surgery. Here's the translation from FFBB via Sportando.net.
Livio Jean-Charles will not pursue the final phase of the Euro U20 currently taking place in Tallinn (Estonia). Indeed, following the investigations passed Tuesday in Paris, it was confirmed that the young player ASVEL had a severe sprain in his right knee, requiring surgery.
A timetable hasn't been announced yet nor an estimation of how long it will take Jean-Charles to recover, but these past two months have been rough for the Spurs' international prospects as both Adam Hanga and Davis Bertans are also recovering from two different surgical procedures.
well not as bad as a tear so im alittle more calm. but all of our top 3 foreign players/future spurs had all had surgery so early in their careers which is not bad, but not good. hopefully this doesnt stunt either of those guys development because all 3 of bertans, jean-charles and adam hanga have really good nba potential. go spurs go
I wonder if in Europe they've come up with some revolutionary surgery that increases the life of a players knees and the spurs have lined our top draftees up for the surgery? This would explain Tims production for sure.
Next Generation of spurs players have robotic knees.