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Success may hinge on center Sylvia Fowles' left knee. She had surgery to repair a torn meniscus before the start of training camp in September. The 6-foot-6 star has only taken part in full practices for two days, but is getting more comfortable on the court.
"The knee is feeling great," she said after practice Wednesday. "It hasn't been giving me any problems. I'm feeling 100 percent and excited to be back on the court."
The U.S. is already missing Parker, who injured her left shoulder early in the WNBA summer season and is unable to play.
"The post play is definitely a concern, we have a lot of young talent but there is a lot of size out there on the other teams," Auriemma said.
While Fowles works her way back into shape, the onus will be on Tina Charles -- the WNBA rookie of the year.
After facing Greece, the Americans will take on France and Senegal in their group. The top three teams advance to the second round. Defending champion Australia, China, Canada and Belarus are in the other group playing in Ostrava.
The Australians, led by WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson, are again shaping up to be the main competition for the Americans.
Russia, which beat the U.S. in the 2006 semifinals in Brazil, is in Group D along with Argentina, Japan, and the host Czech Republic.
Once again, Russia will have American-born point guard Becky Hammon on the roster. The San Antonio Silver Stars guard, who plays for a Russian club team during the winter, became a naturalized Russian citizen and helped guide the country to a third-place finish at the Beijing Olympics.
Brazil, Spain, Mali, and South Korea make up the other group playing in Brno.
The gold medal game will be played on Oct. 3 in Karlovy Vary.
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