Greivis Vasquez will not participate in FIBA Americas for Venezuela.

Vasquez is recovering from ankle surgery.

"My ankle is much better and Dr (Richard) Ferkel told me that I have his permission to begin training on the pick-and-roll, lateral movements and changes in direction," he said.

"He stressed that I need a gradual recovery to reach my optimum level.

"I would like to play (at the FIBA Americas Championship), it's a desire that I feel in my heart, but at the same time I understand this is the correct decision.

"I am sure that I will be an important player in the future of the national team of Venezuela."