Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets has undergone surgery for a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, with team medical directors stating that the operation was a success.
The injury occurred just before Christmas, where the Nets agonisingly lost a hard fought game against the Philadelphia 76ers 121-120.
Lopez had scored an impressive 22 points before succumbing to his injury that day, and was enjoying a career high in field goal percentages as well as total points this season.
However, the injury now means a significant lay-off for the Nets centre, with a double operation on Saturday confirming his absence until at least the summer.
Dr Riley Williams, one of the surgeons involved with the operation told New York Daily News, "With this procedure, we both fixed the broken bone (fifth metatarsal) in Brook’s right foot and repositioned another bone, so that his sole of his foot will bear weight more evenly than before."
The operation and rehabilitation could potentially save Lopez's foot, with this type of injury potentially career-threatening if not treated correctly.
ESPN have disclosed that the first operation was to repair the fractured metatarsal and the second following operation referred to as a first metatarsal osteotomy, which should ensure that the injured area can recover fully.
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