Bulgaria and Slovak Republic have both been dealt injury setbacks in their bid to qualify for EuroBasket Women 2015, whilst new Russian head coach Anatoliy Myshkin is ready to roll.
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AGONY AGAIN FOR ZLATANOVA
Bulgarian star Jaklin Zlatanova has sustained a third serious injury inside the space of 18 months, which means having missed the EuroBasket Women 2015 First Qualification Round, she is now destined to be ruled out of the Second Qualification Round.
The forward will spend the majority of 2014 recovering from surgery after being struck by an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) only six weeks after a return to action.
Bulgaria will face Croatia and Israel in Group F.
MORE PAIN FOR PALUSNA
Regina Palusna has been out of the frame for Slovak Republic for a while and did not make it to EuroBasket Women 2013.
Now it looks like any chance of a recall under new head coach Maros Kovacik may have ended after the 24-year-old suffered a torn meniscus and an ACL injury playing for Spisska Nova Ves.
Palusna, who has also had a number of serious injuries during her career, had been enjoying a productive season, averaging an impressive 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Montenegrin national team forward Ana Baletic has been drafted in by Spisska to replace her.
Slovak Republic will go up against Luxembourg, Poland and Slovenia in Group A.
MYSHKIN RELISHING RUSSIAN CHALLENGE
At his official unveiling as the new head coach of the Russian national team, Anatoliy Myshkin has revealed he is ready to take on the task of trying to get his team to EuroBasket Women 2015 after drawing up an initial plan of action.
"I was offered the job, we had a lot of meetings, I listened to the executive committee and all the talk was the case for the players and their prospects," said the play-caller.
"I am undertaking the job in difficult times, but I am not afraid of the difficulties. I am a coach practitioner, not a philosopher.
"I have a list of 30 players and there is still a lot of time prior to the start (of the qualification schedule) and we will begin on the 8 June.
"I will hold a meeting with the girls and we plan to also hold a short gathering for the younger players.
"I have to decide on the composition so that it is manageable and the players understand the situation and their responsibility."
Russia will match-up with Netherlands and Sweden in Group E.