Sources: sOAZ injured, Fnatic to start Bwipo

Fnatic top laner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer's injury will prevent him from participating in the European League Championship Series semifinals. Provided by Riot Games

Editor's Note: Since the time of publication, Fnatic has issued a statement specifying sOAZ's hand injury.

Fnatic top laner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer has suffered a hand injury and will not compete against Team Vitality in the European League Championship Series semifinals on Saturday, sources close to the team told ESPN.

The team will instead use substitute top laner Gabriël "Bwipo" Rau against Vitality, sources said. If Fnatic makes it to the finals in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 8th, it will also likely use Bwipo unless sOAZ has recovered. Bwipo started for the team in March with wins against Unicorns of Love and Giants Gaming.

During the regular season, Fnatic had a tied record (1-1) with Vitality. Fnatic finished first in the European League Championship Series spring split. The team retained the majority of its 2017 lineup during free agency in November, but added former Unicorns of Love star support Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov.

sOAZ rejoined the Fnatic lineup in Dec. 2016 after a two-year stint with Origen, which he helped start with former Fnatic mid laner Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez. Since then, Fnatic took first in the 2017 EU LCS summer split regular season and eventually qualified for the 2017 World Championship in September by taking first in the regional finals.

Fnatic did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.