The Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens officially confirmed that the small forward Gordon Hayward was diagnosed with a season-ending ankle dislocation and fractured tibia in his left leg. Hayward will be needing to undergo surgery operatiin after a alarming fall in a defeat game to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, October 17.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported that the professional basketball player will be subjected to go on a surgery operation on Wednesday evening.
“We’re expecting a full recovery,” the The Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens added on Wednesday, October 18.
After the surgery, Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein claimed that his client was anticipated to miss the entire 2017-18 NBA season.
Gordon Hayward, who forged a four-year max contract deal with the Boston Celtics back in July 2017, went down less than six minutes into the first quarter after a slim collision with Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder. Hayward awkwardly landed on the ground and got his foot caught underneath the weight of his body, distorting it in a nerve-racking style. The contest was delayed by a multiple minutes before the Celtics injured player was stretchered off the ground.
“You hurt for him,” Stevens, who also coached Hayward at Butler, told reporters after the game. “I really feel for him. He’s put in a lot of great work, and I think he had his most comfortable week as far as feeling like he was going to play really well. Now we’ll hopefully get a full recovery, and so it’s a tough deal, but I guess that’s part of it, the risk of injury.”
No calendar schedule has been set for Hayward’s comeback to the league. Coach Stevens also announced Marcus Smart will be filling the job of Hayward in the Celtics’ starting five. Smart was the the team’s sixth man in their 102-99 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.