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Juan Carlos Navarro dealing with foot injury

By Royce Young | NBA writer
Spain needs La Bamba. (Getty Images)

There's no doubt who Team USA's top competition is in London for gold. And while Spain's interior trio of Pau and Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka is what's expected to give the U.S. problems, an injury to one of their perimeter players could have equally as big an impact.

Via SI.com, Juan Carlos Navarro is dealing with a foot injury he re-aggravated in Spain's opening game which could cause him to miss time.

Navarro, 32, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a number of years. Coach Sergio Scariolo said Navarro sustained another foot injury near the end of Spain's tournament-opening win over China on Sunday.

"It was very strong and all of a sudden,'' Scariolo said. "It is nothing related with his former problems. It is a probably a new injury. It is plantar fasciitis, but it is probably in a different place [within the foot].

"He couldn't play. I don't know how many games he will miss.''

While Spain is an interior focused team, getting production from their guards would be the key in upsetting the Americans. Navarro, Jose Calderon, Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez would be instrumental in knocking down shots and creating points for themselves as well as the Spanish bigs.
Navarro may sit a few games and if Spain were to finish No. 1 in Group B, they wouldn't see the U.S. until the gold medal game, giving Navarro a little time to rest. That final would happen Aug. 12, though the Spanish didn't sound optimistic.

"We'll see if we can get him healthy first and then close to his 100 percent,'' Gasol said. "He's been carrying a lot of injuries throughout the year and he hasn't been 100 percent all year long. So hopefully we'll get him healthy and able to play and contribute as much as he can.''

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