With two weeks until Eurobasket Women, there are injury problems for the Slovak Republic, while Latvia have trimmed their squad to 15 players following two cuts.
Slovakia’s Ivana Jalcova, who was the original choice as captain for the tournament, remains touch-and-go to participate at all due to a torn hamstring.
“Training is out of the question right now,” Jalcova said. “I am waiting for an MRI scan, after which we will know more.”
Another key player, Luisa Michulkova has now also been sidelined due to an iron deficiency in her blood, and she has been told to rest for 10 days – which will give her only a few days before the tournament tips off on June 18.
However, there is some good news as veteran point guard Bronislava Borovickova has returned to training after recovering from a leg injury.
The Slovak Republic begin their third and final training camp next week before heading to Poland, where they will be in Group A, with Russia, Lithuania and Turkey.
Latvia trim squad down to 15.
Latvia coach George Dikeoulakos has cut Ieva Krastina and Ieva Veinberga from his squad as they enter the final stretch ahead of the EuroBasket Women.
The move sees the Latvia squad trimmed to 15.
“Both players have a lot of talent, both have invested a lot of work,” Dikeoulakos said. “But at the moment, our drills cannot involve a lot of players, so we had to take painful decisions.”
Zane Eglite remains in the squad along with Santa Dreimane as both battle back from injuries.
“Both Zane and Santa are engaging in drills, but both are still working gently, gradually increasing the load,” Dikeoulakos added.
Latvia will be housed in Group D, as they face Croatia, France and Greece.