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Juan Carlos Navarro / FOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

Xavi Pascual told his press conference at the presentation of the Final Four in Istanbul that Juan Carlos Navarro “is suffering from a recurrence of the trouble he has been having with his fascia.” On Wednesday “he could hardly train at all” due to injury commonly known as ‘policeman’s heel’. The Barça Regal manager commented that “he is receiving treatment and being subjected to tests … we’ll have to wait and see how things develop”. It was for that reason that the player was unable to join his coach at the Cigaran Palace in Istanbul, and was replaced by Lorbek.

Pascual added that “the next few hours will be essential … There are less than 24 hours to go before the match starts and all we can do is wait a little while.” Whatever happens, Pascual said we can rest assured that Navarro “will do all he can to be there, but he is going to have to put up with a lot of pain, so we’ll have to see what kind of level he is at”.

“I think he’ll be able to go on court, we’re sure about that, but we’ll have to see in what kind of circumstances … This is the same experience we had with the Copa del Rey … This is nothing new for the team. We’ve already overcome setbacks over the course of the season, and we have always managed to get by”.

Ndong suffers intestinal virus

The head coach also revealed that Boniface Ndong is suffering from an “important intestinal virus” and had to be taken to hospital on Wednesday morning “to make sure he recovers as quickly as possible.” As with Navarro, “the next few hours will be essential”.

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