Javier Justiz, Cuban center of Casademont Zaragoza, appeared this Thursday to explain his situation regarding the knee injury that has kept him out of the courts. Accompanied by the club’s sports director, Pep Cargol, and supported by the manager Javier Gastón, he revealed that the doctors see his return as possible, although the Cuban center is reluctant to put an end to his career.
This is the situation
“This season I am not going to play again, the doctors tell me that it is impossible to return but I do not want to put an end to it, I am going to keep trying, I hope they invent something that they can put on me. I have the illusion and the dream but the knee does not It’s responding as it should.”
I don’t want to put an end point, I hope they invent something that they can put on me. I have the illusion and the dream, but the knee is not responding
“I will take advantage of the remainder of the season, in which I am still linked to the club and the means I have for day to day, which I would not have in Cuba, to see how the knee is doing and if it puts the final point on me.”
Mental process of this time
“It’s been quite hard. I looked for a sports psychologist because I just didn’t see an option, he helped me a lot and I’m still working with him. It’s been hard because sometimes I came to the locker room crying but in the end I left and I’m still working and taking advantage of the time”.
It has been hard because sometimes I came to the locker room crying but in the end I left and I continue working and taking advantage of the time
Grateful for the support you receive
“Mainly to the club, to the medical group, physios, trainers, the club’s management for the professionalism they show me every day and for helping me. I want to give special thanks to Reynaldo Benito, who makes me feel part of the Club, for That’s why I come to support the team on the corner of the bench, and I still dream of returning, although I know what the reality is. And a thank you to the fans who ask me on the street or in the game, it helps me to still feel part of the Club”.
Your project to be a coach
“I enrolled in the coaching course to see if I can be one one day and I am doing internships with the Foundation, with the EBA, and I hope to climb the level. I feel comfortable with the boys and they feel encouraged, that also helps me” .
Your future in Zaragoza
“I have settled into the city and, if the final point comes, I would like to continue to be linked to the club. I plan to stay and live in Zaragoza.”
The opinion of Pep Cargol, sports director
Previously, the sports director, Pep Cargol, reviewed the entire process and the moments that have marked the last three years in the life of Javier Justiz. Deadlines, tests, recoveries and each of the stages that he has been completing since the problems began in 18-19, which lasted in 19-20, the subsequent intervention, the return, the pandemic and rehabilitation at home only in that period to get her ahead and her brief return in 20-21.
He has played for the last two and a half or three years with permanent pain and the effort he has made is very great.
Cargol stressed that Javier Justiz “has played for the last two and a half or three years with permanent pain and the effort he has made is very great,” he stressed. Last summer, he commented, the transfer to Peñas Huesca was considered but in the end it was no longer possible and “from September to today he continues to work on getting in shape but the medical reports say he cannot play basketball, he is out without a space in whoever can come back,” he clarified.
Finally, he wanted to publicly highlight “the professionalism, the desire, the interest and the effort he has put into recovering and helping the team” at all times, he concluded.