Spurs reserve Manu Ginobili said he remains optimistic that the stress fracture in his right leg he developed late in the NBA playoffs will heal in time for the FIBA Basketball World Cup later this summer, with a new evaluation slated for the coming weeks.

(Conflicting reports in the Argentine media cite Friday or Aug. 1, with Ginobili having originally targeted this Friday during a press conference upon arriving in his home country earlier this month.)

Argentine sports site La Nacion published a translation of a radio interview Ginobili gave in his hometown of Bahia Blanca, in which he acknowledged that the Spurs have tried to discourage him from playing after being diagnosed with an early-stage stress fracture in his lower fibula during exit physicals.

Ginobili, who described the injury as “a pretty small fracture,” said that he reached an agreement with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich that he won’t play if there was any pain in the leg.

“It does not hurt,” he said in the interview. “I’m optimistic, but I have doubts, I have fears. I perceive that (the fracture) is definitely much better. When I finished the season I felt pain when I touched that area, but not now.”

Should the exam show progress, Ginobili said he will ramp up his training after being limited to minimal work in the hopes of preparing for the World Cup, which is Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.