Bane of Bosh's existence

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

MADRID -- Nobody is pushing the panic button, but there is a good chance Raptors all-star Chris Bosh will be pushed out of the lineup for tomorrow's pre-season game against host side Real Madrid.

Bosh, who was placed on the inactive list early last season because of a sore left knee, missed yesterday's practice at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid because of soreness and some minor fluid buildup in the same knee.

Bosh "tweaked" the knee at training camp in Treviso, Italy last week, and wore a brace for games against the Boston Celtics and Virtus Roma.

However, after consulting with team doctors, Paul Marks and Howard Petroff, as well as head athletic trainer Scott McCullough and assistant trainer Keith D'Amelio, the decision was made for Bosh to skip practice yesterday, and possibly today.

And he may not play tomorrow in the club's final pre-season game in Europe.

Team officials insist the sore knee is nothing serious, but will err on the side of caution, something Bosh hasn't always done.

He missed 23 games last season and a number of practices after playing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot last summer for the U.S. team at the world championship. The sore foot bothered him for most of the season.

"I've had instances in the past when I've tried to come back early and I got hurt," he said. "So what's the (point) getting hurt in a pre-season game?

"Nothing against any of the pre-season opponents, but it is what it is.

"It's still training camp, not the regular season."

Bosh, 23, was hoping not to miss any practices leading up to the regular season, but did not hesitate to shut it down.

"I had to do what I had to do," he said. "I would like to practise, but I have to think about the big picture. I'm just making sure I do the right thing."

The Raptors' next pre-season game after tomorrow is Oct. 17 against Lithuanian side Zlgiris Kaunas at the ACC.

The good news, Bosh said, is that his left foot is feeling fine.

"I don't think my foot's going to plague me at all. The knee issue? Seen it before," he said. "I don't think it's going to be much of a problem. Once we got on top of it, the doctors know how to treat it, I'll put it behind me.''

Added head coach Sam Mitchell: "It's just part of athletics. Guys get banged up, and have to miss some time, a day or two ... we'd like to have all our guys on the floor. But there's nothing you can do."


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