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Ronny Turiaf (France)

PARIS (EuroBasket) - Ronny Turiaf has been replaced by Ali Traore in France's squad for EuroBasket, which begins on 31 August, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) confirmed on their website on Friday.

Turiaf fractured his left hand on Tuesday during France's game with Great Britain at the London Olympic Test Event.

Rumours since the break suggested that the injury was less significant than first suspected and that the 28-year-old centre would recover in time for the tournament, that also serves as a qualifier for next year's Olympics.

The FFBB confirmed he has fractured the fourth metacarpal of his left hand and will be out for at least three to four weeks.

Head coach Vincent Collet has drafted in Traore, who played for France at EuroBasket 2009 and last year's FIBA World Championship, to replace Turiaf.

This leaves France somewhat light in the low post area, with Joakim Noah the only through and through center.

Traore, who last month signed for Russian side Lokomotiv Kouban-Krasnodar and who can play both at four and five, averaged just over 12 minutes and 5.3 points per game in Turkey last year.


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