Brooklyn Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been ruled out for an unknown period of time as he will undergo ankle surgery this week.
Hollis-Jefferson has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle, which he sustained when he rolled his ankle during a practice session with his team-mates last week.
"I was stunned, I was shocked. It's hurtful to be in that situation," Hollis-Jefferson told reporters on Monday. "Trying to be one of the best rookies, working really hard and then you get news like that, you don't really know what to say. You're at a loss for words.
"I was guarding [Bojan Bogdanovic]. I mean, it just happened. It was a really bad roll."
Hollis-Jefferson’s injury is a major blow for the Nets, especially as they have only won five of the 20 games they have played this season.
Nets coach Lionel Hollins admitted that the team will miss the 20-year-old shooting guard as he has been averaging 5.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
"We're going to miss his physicality, his size, 6-7, his ability to go get rebounds, get hands on the ball," Hollins said. "We're going to miss that. But how much, how bad? We'll have to see as we go along."