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Dan Clark has said his ankle is fine and he is ready to go at Eurobasket, despite failing Zaragoza’s medical tests and consequently parting ways with the Spanish side which was to be his first new team since he signed with Estudiantes in Spain as a teenager.
Clark was a surprise inclusion to GB’s official Eurobasket roster, having not taken part in any of their preparation games, but has rejoined the side after a disagreement with Zaragoza about treatment for the ankle injury highlighted in the club medical.
“Without rest and/or surgery, Zaragoza were of the opinion that I would not be able to play for more than a few months,” he said, talking on Sunday evening from Spain, where he had practiced with GB for the first time since their training camp opened in St George’s Park.
After playing last season and undertaking preparation for the new season without issues, Clark, who says his ankle feels at “full health”, sought the opinion of the GB medical staff and other highly respected sport doctors in Spain, all of whom confirmed the view that the 2.10m forward would be fit for 2013 − 2014 ACB season.
Zaragoza’s loss is GB’s gain it would seem, as Clark is intent on proving his fitness at the European championships, which begin in Slovenia on Wednesday.
“I am now focused on contributing to the GB effort in Slovenia,” he continued. “While not being part of the preparation is far from ideal, rejoining a group with a number of players who played in London 2012 makes the transition into the team easier. I’m looking forward to working with our new coaching staff as we aim to progress in Eurobasket.”
Clark went on to emphasise how much support he had received from GB medical staff throughout this process. GB open up their Eurobasket campaign on Wednesday, when they face Israel at 13:30 (BST).