Lopez has missed 134 games over the past three seasons due to injury…
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has been ruled out for up to two weeks due to a reported “soft tissue” injury in his surgically repaired right foot.
The Nets ruled out the possibility that Lopez had suffered another fracture, but they did concede that it was a “mild right mid-foot sprain” and it is reported that it will take up to a fortnight for the injury to clear up.
Naturally, that timeframe would raise doubts over Lopez’s ability to be ready for the season opener against the Boston Celtics on October 29, and it is another frustrating setback for both the team and the player after several years of injury woes.
“X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries,” Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement.
“Brook has been diagnosed with a mild mid-foot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.”
The 26-year-old has missed 134 games over the last three seasons and he played in just 17 last year after suffering a season-ending injury to his right foot back in December.
Lopez underwent two procedures earlier this year, the first being surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal and a first metatarsal osteotomy, which involved repositioning another bone in his foot to unload and protect the injured area.
In March, the Nets star had surgery to repair a torn tendon and tighten lateral ligaments in his left ankle, and although he was cleared for training camp and pre-season action, it hasn’t taken long for another breakdown.
Lopez averaged 18 points, 5.6 rebounds and 54.2 percent shooting in 23.3 minutes per game across three pre-season games. However, given his importance to the team, coach Lionel Hollins will be hoping that this injury will be the last to strike ahead of the new season.