According to Daniel Neves of UOL Esporte, San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter is still nursing a right thigh muscle injury that has kept him from playing in the warm-up games which is a part of the Brazilian national team’s preparation for the Pre-Olympic qualifiers.
On Thursday, Brazil played their fourth warm-up without Splitter. With pain in his right thigh muscle, the Brazilian big man was again in the sidelines in a 79-57 victory over Mexico and admitted he is cautious about the injury because forcing it, might hinder his bid to play in the qualifiers.
“I’m a little worried and obviously concerned. If I do not worry, I would be playing. But not enough to be a headache for not playing the Pre-Olympic.
Really what I want is to arrive in Mar del Plata without having any pain ” said Splitter.
The Brazilian technical commission also is confident that Splitter will be ready for the Pre-Olympic Tournament.
According to team doctor Danilo Incerti, Splitter is not playing as a precaution, but could be on the court if the tournament started on Thursday.
“At the moment it does not run any risk of being cut. We have taken and found no serious injury. It’s just one more than we care to have, ” said Incerti.
“In order not to aggravate the injury, we decided to play it safe on Splitter. He is not making any specific treatment, his body needs rest, although his return to the court with Team Brazil is yet to be determined. “
Splitter haven’t played competitive basketball since April 29 when he played with the Spurs in the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies.