Point guard had surgery to repair torn medial meniscus on Monday.
The Chicago Bulls have confirmed that point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery on Monday.
The 25-year-old had the medial meniscus repaired in his right knee at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, with the franchise confirming that he underwent successful surgery to correct the problem.
The decision was taken to carry out a procedure which will fix the issue in the long-term, as there had been a second option which would have cut the recovery period significantly but would have potentially led to issues further down his career.
Coach Tom Thibodeau admitted prior to the surgery taking place that there was genuine sadness and disappointment from his players, as they had previously seen how hard Rose had worked over the past year to recover from his last knee injury.
“I talked to him at length last night. He’s in good spirits. About as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab and typical Derrick — concerned about his team, his teammates,” he told ESPN.
“But that being said, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re the Chicago Bulls. We have one goal, that’s to win. And I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done.”
The former MVP suffered a torn ACL in the 2012 play-offs, and spent the entire season on the sidelines last year before making his comeback to competitive action last month.
Unfortunately, his comeback has now been cut short with the injury taking place during the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers with no contact from any opposition player.
Messages of support have arrived through Twitter from various players in the NBA over the past few days, and while it is expected that Rose will make a full recovery, there is real disappointment that one of the league’s top talents has been struck by another serious injury.