Wales can today secure qualification for the finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1958 today. A win over Israel in Cardiff this evening will see them join England at Euro 2016. Kick off in Cardiff is at 5.Iceland can secure unlikely qualification for the finals with a win at home to Kazakhstan in Group A this evening.
What is Kevin Durant’s injury?Kevin Durant ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He underwent surgery two days later, beginning a recovery and rehabilitation process that could sideline him for a full year.How long will Kevin Durant be out?Following surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles, Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Back in September, Nets general manager Sean Marks said Durant’s rehab is “going very well,” but the Nets aren’t planning on playing him this year.On the Oct. 31 episode of “First Take,” Durant offered his most definitive statement yet, telling ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith he “doesn’t plan” on playing even if Brooklyn reaches the playoffs.KD says he doesn’t plan on playing at all this season. pic.twitter.com/ghEvetTMwS— First Take (@FirstTake) October 31, 2019Based on one list of eight NBA players who suffered a torn Achilles compiled by FiveThirtyEight, the average recovery time was almost nine months, but those injuries occurred at different points in each player’s career. Rudy Gay has been a productive role player with the Spurs, for example, but Kobe Bryant never fully bounced back with the Lakers. It’s a case-by-case basis.NBA players with Achilles tears typically needed almost 9 months to recover, and they tended to have a significant reduction in both playing time and performance in the season following the trauma, according to a list compiled by @ESPNStatsInfo. https://t.co/ouEU0Mf8uR pic.twitter.com/EKDG1dLJKC— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) June 11, 2019Kevin Durant injury timelineDurant initially injured his right calf in the 2019 Western Conference semifinals, forcing him to sit for the entirety of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors swept the Trail Blazers to advance to the NBA Finals, setting Durant up for a much-anticipated return in Game 5 of the championship series against the Raptors.KD rattled off 11 points in his first 12 minutes of action before tragedy struck. Early in the second quarter, Durant clutched at his right leg and sat down on the sideline, suddenly realizing he wasn’t going to walk off this injury. He had ruptured his Achilles, sparking controversy about the Warriors’ staff pressuring him to play before he was truly ready to compete.In a conversation with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Durant said he doesn’t blame Golden State for what happened.”Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no,” Durant told Haynes. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5. Hell, nah. It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game. We just need to move on from that s— because I’m going to be back playing …”Yeah, I still think about that night. Every experience I’ve been through in the league is obviously always ingrained in my mind, but that one is definitely always going to be a huge part of my career because it’s the biggest stage and the type of injury I had. But now I look at it as me just going out there playing basketball, and I happened to get hurt. And now I’m just waiting to get back. I know it’s a huge deal to everybody else, but I just try to take it on the chin and keep it moving.”With the 2018-19 season and Achilles surgery behind him, Durant decided to join the Nets this past summer. He considered re-signing with the Warriors, but he ultimately felt it was “time for a change.””I felt like it was time for a change. I wanted to play for a new team and simply put, I just did it.”— Kevin Durant on his decision to leave the Warriors pic.twitter.com/cvwmNo53WO— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 27, 2019Kevin Durant injury updates— Kevin Durant explains decision to join Nets, leave Warriors — Nets GM confirms team doesn’t expect him to play this season— Kevin Durant says “nobody” on Warriors pressured him to play in NBA Finals— Kevin Durant responds to Raptors fans who cheered Game 5 injury (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e/e5/kevin-durant-nets-illustration-070119-ftrjpg_k4625dfxtxak1cbm7xbs7jtdz.jpg?t=-1370481957&w=500&quality=80 What’s next for the two-time NBA Finals MVP? Here’s everything we know about Durant’s injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court.LATEST INJURY NEWS: Stephen Curry | Klay Thompson The Nets emerged as one of the biggest winners in free agency when they signed both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to four-year contracts. Unfortunately for Brooklyn fans, only one of those stars will be suiting up for the team this season.Durant is unlikely to hit the floor during the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an Achilles injury during the 2019 NBA Finals. The Nets knew this before they offered Durant a deal, of course, and they are hoping the 31-year-old will recapture his old form over the final three years of his contract.