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Report: Rudy Gobert ruled out for one month with knee injury

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Rudy Gobert's luck has been out so far this season as he's suffered freak injuries to both knees.

After missing 11 games with a right knee injury following a collision with Miami Heat shooting guard Dion Waiters, the Frenchman returned to the Utah Jazz lineup earlier than expected recently but he now faces another spell on the sidelines.

In their last outing against the Boston Celtics, frontcourt partner Derrick Favors landed awkwardly on Gobert's left knee and it immediately sent the big man to the ground in agony.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the center now faces a month out after being diagnosed with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and a bone bruise in his left tibia.

In Utah's case, they should be thankful that it wasn't worse as it could easily have been a long-term injury.

The team coped well in his absence before but it will still be a big blow to lose the influential seven-footer.

The 25-year-old has established himself as the face of the franchise since Gordon Hayward's departure to the Boston Celtics in the summer but has been unable to lead them consistently as his campaign continues to be marred by injuries.

The Jazz showed their character as they still managed to beat the Celtics on the road despite losing their star player just two minutes into the contest.

Utah Jazz v Minnesota Timberwolves

"This group's got character, and they are going to compete no matter what the circumstances, and they did," head coach Quin Snyder told reporters after the game.

But there's no doubt that Gobert's presence will be missed as he's the defensive anchor of the team and a walking double-double.

He is averaging 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks across 18 appearances in the 2017/18 campaign.

The 'Stifle Tower' enjoyed his best season in Salt Lake City last year as he was named to the All-NBA second team, the All-Defensive first team and became a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.

Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

Favors has been filling in at the pivot spot and will now continue to do so.

Gobert was certainly missed by Utah as they were beaten 109-100 by the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road on Saturday night.

Once again, rookie Donovan Mitchell stepped up and led the team in scoring with 26 points at Quicken Loans Arena.

Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

The young guard is the team's leading scorer and has impressively taken on the responsibility offensively this year.

Thanks to his production, they are in playoff contention with a 14-16 record and may be in with a chance of securing one of the lower seeds in the Western Conference.

But they will stand a much better chance with Gobert in the lineup and it'll be interesting to see if Snyder's men can remain competitive with their defensive lynchpin out again.

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Northwest Division
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Derrick Favors
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Rudy Gobert

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