Rubio could reportedly be sidelined for seven to eight weeks according to reports…
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio has been ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a badly sprained left ankle and could be sidelined for seven to eight weeks according to USA Today.
The Spaniard suffered the injury during the game against the Orlando Magic on Friday night with an MRI exam confirming the severity of the sprain.
Rubio travelled with the team to Miami on Saturday but he was seen entering the arena hobbling on crutches and with a boot protecting his ankle.
“He’s in good spirits,” coach Flip Saunders said.
“He feels good. Anyone who knows Ricky, he went through his knee situation a few years ago, he’s an extremely hard worker. So he’ll get back. If anyone is going to get back as soon as they can, he’d be a guy that would.”
Rubio is averaging 9.4 points and 10 assists so far this season and his absence creates a headache for Saunders in that he now needs to rotate the roster more and give more minutes to rookies.
Veteran Mo Williams took the bulk of the minutes at the point guard position but could only put up two points, four rebounds and five assists off the bench against the Heat.
Meanwhile, Zach LaVine logged 26 minutes and scored five points as the Timberwolves became the first team in nine years to start a pair of teenagers with LaVine and Andrew Wiggins on the floor together.
Nevertheless, it will be a bitter blow for Minnesota losing Rubio as their influential point guard is a key part of their work on both ends of the court. In addition, the Spaniard will also be disappointed to suffer such a setback after starting the season well following on from signing his new four-year extension worth $55m last month.