Credit: BasketNews/Begum Unal
Credit BasketNews/Begum Unal

LDCL ASVEL Villeurbanne are amidst an enormous COVID outbreak in their ranks. The French club is having 4 players and 4 staff members who tested positive.

Per the official announcement, ASVEL "informed the LNB League of the situation and of the potential cluster that it represented by requesting the postponement of the game against Limoges.

However, the Sanitary Committee of the LNB, in accordance with the protocol in force, decided that the game would take place. The club takes note of this decision."

Under these conditions, ASVEL play in that game on a nine-man squad, consisting of Elie Okobo, Paul Lacombe, Antoine Diot, Marcus Knight, Elwin Ndjock, Dylan Osetkowski, William Howard, Houinsou Kymany, Matthew Strazel.

It should be noted that Victor Wembanyama suffered a bone contusion in his right shoulder blade during the EuroLeague match against Zenit Saint Petersburg last week.

Following the injury of David Lighty, who's going to miss at least two months of action, the French champs have also lost captain Charles Kahudi and big man Raymar Morgan who has yet to debut and is expected back in a few weeks.

"It's not easy for us. It started when we lost one of our best players, David Lighty," Parker said.

"Raymar Morgan, who is our interior presence, hasn't played a game yet. And we had injuries all season, we don't have Charles Kahudi. It's been really hard. We have been hit by COVID-19 also."

So far, Wembanyama has played in six EuroLeague games, in which he averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds, shooting 21% from the field.


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Points this season

Points made: 73,3
Accuracy: 46,9%
Place in standings: 14
Record max: 88
Record min: 54
Best scorer: Elie Okobo