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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has been ruled out for up to two months after he suffered a fracture in his right foot, the team announced on Sunday.
The team revealed that Durant had a “Jones fracture”, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, but Thunder general manager Sam Presti was relieved that the reigning league MVP notified the medical team early after feeling pain as the injury could have become worse.
“From what I’ve been told, a Jones fracture is the most common surgical procedure performed on NBA players as of late,” Presti said.
“It has happened enough so that there is enough of a body of work to look at an average recovery time.”
Durant is expected to undergo further evaluation and consultation over the next few days but it is widely reported that he will have surgery to help the healing process.
Following practice on Saturday, Durant informed the medical staff that he was experiencing an “aching” in his right foot, and that had followed on from playing in both the Thunder’s pre-season games and playing a total of 30 minutes.
Due to the nature of the injury being a stress fracture, Presti revealed that it is likely that Durant has been suffering from the issue for a while and that gradually the pain would have increased.
Durant opted against playing in the FIBA World Cup this summer citing mental and physical fatigue, but it is likely that he will now miss the first two months of the new season as he recovers from his setback.
The NBA MVP averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games last season, and ahead of his eighth season in the NBA, he has only ever missed 16 games.
Meanwhile, the Thunder will take comfort from the fact that the injury was picked up in October so they can act quickly in order to get Durant back on the court later in the regular season.
Point guard Russell Westbrook will likely step up in his absence along with the rest of the roster, but after losing key players to injury in recent years in the post-season, they will hope that the injury bug has struck early and will not be returning.