Spain's Pau Gasol looks at his injured finger during a news conference in San Fernando, southern Spain, August 11, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
MADRID, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Spanish basketball star
Pau Gasol is optimistic he will be able to play for his country in next month's
European Championships to be held in Poland.
The power forward, who recently played a huge part in
the LA Lakers winning the NBA title, damaged ligaments in the index finger of
his left hand whilst Spanish team's training on Monday.
He underwent an operation immediately and now it is
in the balance whether or not he will recover for Spain's first match on
Gasol will not have his stitches removed for two
weeks and must keep his hand immobile for a further week, leaving his
participation in the balance.
Nevertheless in a press conference held at the
Spanish training camp on Tuesday, Gasol said he believed he would recover in
"My intention is to stay here with my companions and
to use up all of the options I have to travel to the European Championships,"
said Gasol, who was a key part of the Spanish side crowned world champion in
2006 and claiming silver medals in the 2007 European Championships and the 2008
"The first thing that I have to do is recover well
and hope that the wound heals and scars over quickly. My aim is to be competing
in the Championships and I see no reason why I will have to leave the squad,"
added the Spaniard.
Gasol also explained the reaction of his club on
hearing of his injury.
"Obviously they were not pleased, but they understand
there are risks in this sport and I don't think they'll give me any problems,"