Lithuanian basketball team captain out of London Olympic Games due to stress fracture in foot

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A trip to London is cut short for on Olympian due to a common foot problem.

With high hopes for Lithuania in the summer games after they knocked out Venezuela on their trip to London, their team captain and 2001 NBA draft pick Robertas Jaktovas looked visibly upset with pain on the foot during their loss to Nigeria. Doctors have confirmed that he has suffered a stress fracture and will not be shooting 3s anytime soon.

"We put a lot of effort to get to the Olympics and now I have to miss it," Jaktovas said to the International Basketball Association. The former San Antonio Spurs player will have to wear a splint for several weeks followed by extensive rehabilitation for his foot problem. This injury is especially heartbreaking for Lithuanian coach Kestusis Kemzura, who told the source, "It's an enormous loss. … It is hard to express how we'll miss him, and not just on the court, but off it."

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress fractures are a common injury among athletes who run a lot. Fractures can be caused by several reasons, including repetitive use of excessive force on the joints, which accounts for Jaktovas's injury, and another is a complication due to bone weakness and osteoarthritis.

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