Mickael PietrusThe French star who is a regular NBA player who even played in the finals against LA Lakers will have to stay out of the Eurobasket 2009 qualifiers, in Poland, because of an injury.

Pietrus' injury comes a shock and his absence will be a huge blow for the French National Team, but Pietrus did not have a choice, since he is  facing an injury problem.
As the medical exams which he underwent showed, he will need to rest for several weeks and then follow a special rehabilitation program to fully cure his injury.
France will have to face Italy, Finland in the qualifying rounds and if they beat them they will face one of Belgium, Portugal and Bosnia & Herzegovina.