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Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has sustained a torn thumb ligament and is now expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the regular season.
An MRI scan revealed that the 29-year-old suffered a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb during practice, with his agent going on to reveal that he expects him to miss at least two months of action as a result.
The injury occurred while Young was guarding Kobe Bryant, with reports suggesting that he tried to intercept a pass which ultimately resulted in him sustaining the tear.
Lakers coach Byron Scott conceded to reporters that he didn’t see it happen, but he was told that Young tried to swipe at the ball when he was guarding Bryant and his thumb got caught and it swelled up immediately.
It is a blow for the Lakers ahead of the new season as they had hoped to put their injury curse behind them after a year or so of their key players being sidelined.
Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points and 1.5 assists per game last season and will now be scheduled for surgery on Monday, after which the team will be expected to give a more specific timeline for his recovery.
Having signed a four-year deal worth $21.5m this summer, it will be a huge blow for Young too after he was discussing his delight at being “home” again at media day earlier this week.
Scott will now have to reassess his options to start the campaign, while he will also be hoping that there are no other knocks forthcoming.