By Stefanos Tatsios/ [email protected]
The second double week of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is just around the corner. It starts on Tuesday (22/1) and Wednesday with the Round 9 games of the regular season.
Several teams face problems, with injury-plagued Milan and Bayern Munich as leading examples.
Panathinaikos has issues before the match against Virtus Bologna at OAKA, with the Italians also having to manage a crucial absence of their own.
Eurohoops presents you all the news of the 18 teams of the EuroLeague before the start of Round 9 matchday!
Alba Berlin: Maodo Lo is back in action, so there is no significant absence.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Shane Larkin remains on the sidelines, although it seems his return is nearing
AS Monaco: No significant absence.
Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: No significant absence.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: No significant absence.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: Shavon Shields, Stefano Tonut, Billy Baron, and Luigi Datome were out last week and will remain sidelined, with Baron being the only player close to returning.
FC Barcelona: Kyle Kuric, as everything shows, will return to Barcelona’s starting line-up after some time. Mirotic will be away from the court, but he gradually returning to team activities.
FC Bayern Munich: After Milan, the Bavarians face many issues and have too many questionable players. Jason George, Elias Harris, Niklas Wiberg, and Corey Walden still suffer from the virus. Isaac Bonka sustained a slight injury in the last Bundesliga match and has been put in the same playing status as the rest for the game against Asvel.
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: Nemanja Bjelica remains sidelined and will be considered for a return to action in about a month. Apart from the Serbian forward, there is no other problem.
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne: Nando De Colo remains a doubt for the match against Bayern due to a muscle injury that also ruled him out of the game against Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade. As for Lauvergne, he will be sidelined for the entire season.
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv: No significant absence.
Olympiakos: No significant absence.
Panathinaikos Athens: Marius Grigonis picked up a back injury and is in doubt for the match against Virtus, with his participation likely to be decided on the day of the game. Panagiotis Kalaitzakis is in a similar situation.
Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade: No new significant absence, with Balsa Koprivica and Aleksa Avramovic sidelined.
Real Madrid: Nigel Williams-Goss is back on the court after a long time, but Gerschon Yabusele and Rudy Fernandez are still out with the French forward. However, just a short distance from returning.
Valencia Basket: No significant absence, apart from Martin Hermansson, who has been injured for some time.
Virtus Segafredo Bologna: The Italians will compete in the OAKA with a last-minute problem, as Tornike Shengelia was injured and will not even travel to Athens with the rest of the team.
Zalgiris Kaunas: No significant absence.
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