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17/08/2011
Ronny Turiaf (France)

LONDON (Olympic Test Event/EuroBasket 2011) - France centre Ronny Turiaf will miss the remainder of the Olympic Test Event and is a major doubt for the EuroBasket after it was revealed on Wednesday that he broke his hand in Tuesday night's win over hosts Great Britain.

Turiaf got tangled up in a battle for a rebound and, after x-rays were taken at a London hospital, France's medical staff confirmed the player had sustained a fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.

The 28-year-old will see a specialist in Paris on Thursday to determine how long the injury will keep him on the sidelines.

Turiaf could be forced to sit out EuroBasket in Lithuania where France will look to qualify for next year's Olympic Games.

"The hypothetical withdrawal of Ronny Turiaf, a player who is as important on the court as he is off it, could be a real blow to France," France head coach Vincent Collet said.

"I can only imagine how disappointed and frustrated Ronny would be to miss the EuroBasket.

"If he has to withdraw, we will see how to fill the void. For the time being I do not want to bring myself to think he is not a part of the team."

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