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Shengelia to undergo knee surgery next week

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The Nets have announced that Tornike Shengelia will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next Wednesday to repair damage to his meniscus.

The statement reads, "Brooklyn Nets forward Tornike Shengelia will undergo surgery on Wednesday, July 31, to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. A further medical update will be issued following surgery."

Worldsport Georgia first reported Wednesday that the Nets second year forward was unlikely to play for Georgia in FIBA Eurobasket because of a knee injury he suffered in "American camp" and may need knee surgery.

While in the American camp, Tornike Shengelia, forward of the Georgian national team and "Brooklyn Nets", injured knee and perhaps, he will not be able to play at EuroBasket 2013.

Doctors will find out if one of the leaders of the Georgian national team needs an operation. In case of the operation, Shengelia will not participate in EuroBasket 2013 for sure.

A follow-up report quoting Shengelia' parents in Tblisi stated that he had soreness in his knee at the end of the regular season. It got worse after playing summer league ball in Orlando. An examination showed an issue with his meniscus. A decision to undergo surgery was made Thursday.

Shengelia played only sporadically last season, but played well in the D-League.