Just when Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul was rolling into form with four consecutive victories, its two biggest stars and former EuroLeague MVPs, Nando De Colo and Jan Vesely, suffered injuries in their team’s road loss at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Thursday night that will keep them out for at least the next six weeks.
Vesely sprained his ankle and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. The 31-year-old big man is a three-time All-EuroLeague First Team Selection and was named EuroLeague MVP in 2019. Now in his seventh season with Fenerbahce, he led it to the EuroLeague championship in 2017. Vesely has been worth 13.4 and 5.9 rebounds in 17 games this season.
De Colo underwent surgery on his left hand on Saturday and is expected the miss eight-to-10 weeks. The 34-year-old was diagnosed with a broken second metacarpal bone and Dr. Arel Gereli performed the surgery at Acibadem Altunizade Hospital. The two-time EuroLeague champion and the 2016 EuroLeague MVP, has averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals for Fenerbahce this season, his third with the club.