Valencia Basket guard Sam Van Rossom will be out for the foreseeable future – more than one month, at the minimum – with fractured vertebrae he suffered in his team’s home win over Khimki on Friday, the club announced on Saturday.
Van Rossom suffered the injury on Friday night in Valencia’s 85-83 win over the visiting Khimki Moscow Region. After falling hard on his back on a layup attempt in the third quarter, Van Rossom had to be wheeled off on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital for immediate tests. Further tests on Saturday revealed the non-displaced fractures to three vertebrae.
Van Rossom was to be transferred later Saturday to a second hospital where he will remain for a few days until the pain is under control, the club statement said. He will then wear a protective corset for one month. Only after that can he begin work to recuperate to play basketball.
Van Rossom finished the game with 7 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, and has been averaging 6.8 points, 4.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds, while starting in 11 of Valencia’s 20 game this Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season, which is his fifth with the club.
Van Rossom joined a long list of Valencia injured players, especially in the back court where Valencia is now missing all three of its point guards since Guilem Vives is also injured and Antoine Diot is not expected to play this season.