ASVEL announced on Monday the absence for the next six weeks of Paul Lacombe, victim of a dislocation of the joint of a phalanx of the left index finger.
A hard blow for ASVEL even before the 2021-22 season begins. The French champion club will be without Paul Lacombe for the next six weeks. “ Injured during the second preparatory match for the Ain Star Game, against Boulogne-Levallois, Paul Lacombe suffers from a dislocation of the joint of a phalanx of the left index finger. Operated successfully in stride, the rear of Villeurbanne will be removed from the land for a period of about six weeks. As a reminder, the first official match of the season is scheduled for Friday, October 1 with the reception of Zalgiris Kaunas at the opening of the EuroLeague “Wrote the club president Tony Parker in a statement.
The 31-year-old rear, finally crowned French champion last season, after six finals lost with Strasbourg (2014-2017) then Monaco (2018-2019), turned in 2020-21 in Jeep Elite at 5.7 points and 3 , 1 rebounds on average in 17 minutes, and 4.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 minutes in Euroleague. If he is absent for six weeks, Paul Lacombe will miss the first four matches of the ASVEL Betclic Elite season (against Gravelines, at Portel, against Dijon and Strasbourg) and the first five Euroleague matches (against Kaunas, in Berlin, against Efes Istanbul, against Maccabi Tel-Aviv and in Milan).
The native of Vénissieux finally played only one preparation match this summer with ASVEL, scoring 5 points in a 77-55 loss against Dijon. But with players like Elie Okobo, Antoine Diot or Chris Jones, the current best French club has ample means to replace him on the floor so that this absence is not too damaging and weighs down the start of the Lyonnais season.