Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol underwent foot surgery on Saturday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
On Tuesday, the Grizzlies confirmed that Gasol went under the knife after he suffered a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone.
Gasol sustained the injury while playing against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 8 and the Spaniard’s participation at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is now in doubt.
“It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time,” Gasol said in a statement. “But I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery.”
Gasol’s injury is a big blow for the Grizzlies, since he had been averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said that the franchise is focused on making sure that Gasol makes a complete recovery and is fully fit in time for the 2016/17 season.
“Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan,” Wallace said in a statement. “Marc’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery.
“We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond.”