Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left ankle on Monday as he continues to have issues.
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Rubio has played in just 22 games this season due to the ankle injury, and despite seemingly healing from the issue earlier this year, it is still clearly bothering him to the point that a procedure is required.
The on-going pain has ensured that surgery is now necessary, as even when the Spanish star first suffered the injury he merely needed rest in order to allow the severe sprain to heal.
The surgery will be performed at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, and it is hoped that Rubio will be able to return over the off-season and prepare for training camp ahead of next season.
Minnesota have gone 9-48 without the 24-year-old in the line-up, and he had been expected to lead their exciting new youthful roster this year.
With the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine bringing speed and athleticism to the team, one of the highly anticipated aspects of the post-Kevin Love era at the Timberwolves was their ability to get out on the fast break with Rubio leading the orchestra.
However, his injury woes have ensured that the Timberwolves fans will have to wait until next year to see that in full flight, while he also has remained non-committal on representing Spain at Euro Basket 2015 this summer.
Given the latest update, it is highly unlikely that Rubio will feature, and so he will be expected to spend the off-season in rehabilitation and working on his fitness ahead of an important year for his team.