The wait is over for Pau Gasol. The Catalan pivot will play again this Friday with the shirt of the FC Barcelona more than two years after his injury, a fractured left foot suffered during his time in the Milwaukee bucks and that ended his time in the NBA. Gasol, 40 years old, will have “a few minutes” in the game of the Euroleague against him Bayer Munich (9:00 p.m.), with which the Catalans will close the regular season of the European competition, as confirmed by the coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, and 48 hours before the Barcelona fans host Madrid this Sunday in the ACB classic.
With the mathematical classification as leaders of the Euroleague, the Catalans will close their participation in which they will not put anything at stake against the Bavarian team, an ideal situation for Gasoline begin to enter the azulgrana group, with which he has been training for a month. “I think Pau it’s okay. The pace of training is increasing every day. It is making them better. He is at ease. So yeah I think she’ll play him Bayern. We are thinking of giving you a few minutes. But now we don’t even know in what way or how many minutes. That is something that we are going to decide with the coaching staff in the next few hours ”, assured the Barça coach. The player himself also confirmed that he is ready for his return with a message on the networks: “The time has come.”
All those who have had the opportunity to continue the preparation of Gasoline In the last month, they consider that the international pivot is at a physical level “that has surprised everyone” and that, above all, in attack, he keeps all his talent intact. The player does not suffer from foot discomfort, although the load has been increasing in each training session during these last two weeks. The biggest concern is the physical level that can be found on his return to the courts two years later, although the Barça coaching staff values other aspects, such as experience and game reading, which he can contribute to the squad.
“We have to take advantage of this game for everything,” he explained Jasikevicius, before the practice session. “We need to give minutes to the people who need to play, we want to win as well and continue to improve the team for what awaits us,” added the Barcelona coach, referring to Sunday’s classic at the Palau and outlining aspects of the game for the play -off ‘of the Euroleague, which will be played in the best of five games between April 20 and May 5.
Victor claver He was happy for the announced return of his partner of choice. “It is a privilege. Everything I have shared with Pau so far has been and it is fortunate that he is here until the end of the season. Hopefully he can do what he wants is to feel like a player and well on a court. The rest of us are going to help him” .
The second debut of Gasoline As a Barça player, he will arrive almost 20 years after his last ACB match, played in June 2001, in the final play-off against him. Real Madrid, in which the Catalans conquered the league and the center of Sant Boi was chosen as the MVP of the final.