This was necessary after there were complications during an operation, as the Serbian association KSS announced on Monday. The reason for the medical intervention was a situation during the Serbs’ first World Cup match in the Philippine capital against South Sudan.
The 25-year-old Simanic was hit in the kidney area by an opponent and could not be used again in the 115:83 victory. The power forward, who last played for Spanish club Basket Zaragoza at club level, was taken to hospital and underwent first surgery on the night of 30/31 August. Simanic lost a lot of blood in the process, explained coach Svetislav Pesic.
After the operation, problems were identified that made a further operation necessary. The organ was finally removed on Sunday. “We expect and wish that the post-operative course will run smoothly after this operation,” said the Serbian team doctor Dragan Radovanovic in an association statement distributed on the X platform, formerly Twitter.