San Antonio Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili will be sidelined for at least a month after he underwent testicular surgery on Thursday.
Ginobili sustained a testicle injury during the Spurs’ 110-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The injury occurred when Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson’s knee struck Ginobili in the groin with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Ginobili remained on the floor for about a minute before being helped back to the locker room. However, before he could reach the locker room, Ginobili once again collapsed to the floor in pain.
The Spurs revealed that Ginobili will be out of action for an unknown period of time, but added that he won’t return for at least a month.
While some of Ginobili’s team-mates saw the funny side when he was hurt initially, point guard Tony Parker was a lot more concerned, saying: “I don’t want to joke with that. It doesn’t look good.”
The loss of Ginobili is a major blow for the Spurs as he has been their go-to man off the bench for years. Furthermore, the 38-year-old is in the midst of another solid year as he has been averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.