Greek international power forward/center Kostas will be sidelined for several and will therefore be unable to participate in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.

As confirmed by the player’s agent himself, Koufos has an arthroscopic surgery after the NBA season was over for his team Denver Nuggets, and he will need at least six weeks to get in full shape again.

Such surgeries need at least three or four weeks of abstaining from training, while Greece NT will start their training camp in about twenty days. Some weeks later the Greek side will fly to Venezuela where they will try to secure a spot in London 2012 Olympic games.

However they will have to do with Bourousis, Vouyoukas and Mavroeides as their centers, until things get more clear regarding Schortsianitis situation too. In case Greece qualifies to the main Olympic event, Koufos could get a call up if he is in good shape by then.