According to various reports from European news outlets, injury has likely caused Ian Mahinmi to leave Team France prior to the official start of the FIBA World Cup.
Relying loosely on Google Translate for details about the Frenchman's withdrawal from competition, a news release from BeBasket indicates that Mahinmi's exit is due to a shoulder injury he apparently suffered during his team's Thursday morning training session.
Further information about the extent of his injury is not yet known at this time.
Already without Tony Parker (FIBA Europe's Player of the Year), Nando de Colo, and Alexis Ajinca, Team France will now also have to proceed without their starting center. Alongside Antoine Diot (PG), Evan Fournier (SG), Nicolas Batum (SF), and Boris Diaw (PF), Rudy Gobert (C) will now likely be called upon to replace Mahinmi's defensive presence in the middle. BeBasket reports that France also recalled club Vitoria's Kim Tillie for added depth.
Slotted in Group A with Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Serbia, and Spain, France's chances at upsetting the World Cup's host country likely just got even slimmer.
Later in the day, Mahinmi took to social media to express his disappointment with having to withdraw from competition just two days prior to the official start of the international tournament:
Si près du début de la compétition, cest vraiment dur... Je suis de tout coeur avc mes potes, j'espère qu'ils iront loin.— Ian Mahinmi (@ianmahinmi) August 28, 2014
It appears from the translation provided by Google, that Ian also wished his teammates well as they go on to compete in his absence.
With both Paul George and Ian Mahinmi forced to leave their respective teams, Luis Scola (Argentina) and newcomer Damjan Rudez (Croatia) will be the lone Pacers left competing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
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