Sunday, December 29, 2013

Brook Lopez to have another surgery on broken foot: Report

While this season has already been a bumpy ride for the Brooklyn Nets, the outlook further down the road just took another grim turn.

Brook Lopez will undergo surgery on his foot Jan. 4, the team announced Saturday.

The Nets 7-foot center, who will not play the rest of this season, will have the fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot repaired. The team said further information will be released after the surgery.

This will mark the third surgery on the same bone for the 25-year-old Lopez who originally fractured the bone in December 2011. A screw, placed in the foot when the first break was repaired, was replaced in a procedure last off-season.

He was examined on Tuesday by the team's medical director, Dr. Riley Williams III, as well as Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad to see precisely what would be the best way to proceed in repairing the repeatedly injured foot.

Although no specific recovery timetable has been given, the Nets hope to know more once the surgery has been completed. Before going down, Lopez was leading the Nets in scoring at 20.7 points per game despite missing nine games while battling a sprained left ankle.

Lopez broke the bone again in a Dec. 20 overtime loss in Philadelphia.

The injury dealt a devastating blow to the Nets, who are 10-20 a 105-91 loss Saturday night to the Indiana Pacers.

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