Surgery went well. Thanks for all the well wishes. Time for recovery and get healthy. You gotta take advantage of any situation and look for the bright side. Another challenge. And I have no doubt I will come back stronger than ever. #StayPositive #RR
Ricky Rubio to have clean up ankle surgery
The Timberwolves announced Monday that Ricky Rubio will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.
“Ricky recently experienced ongoing soreness in his left ankle and it became apparent that it was not responding according to its anticipated timeline for recovery,” said Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders in a team release.
The Spanish point guard has been limited to 22 games this year after initially suffering an ankle injury in training camp last fall.
“He is an integral part of our future and we are taking every precaution to ensure that he will be able to perform to the best of his ability next season,” Saunders said in the release. “This decision was one that was reached between Ricky, his representatives, the Timberwolves organization and the foremost practitioners in this field of orthopedics.”
Rubio averaged 10.3 points and 8.8 assists for Minnesota this season.
Ricky Rubio ruled out for rest of season
Ricky Rubio's season is over. According to Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, the point guard's troublesome ankle isn't healing as expected and the Spaniard needs another month of treatment before he can play again. This means he will be unable to feature in any of the side's seven remaining regular-season matches.
The news brings an end to what has been another injury-hit campaign for Rubio. The former Barça man has only made 22 appearances owing to ongoing problems with his left ankle. The ordeal began on 7th November, when the Spain international only had five matches under his belt. The 24-year-old sustained what was initially classed as a severe sprain, but it later emerged that there was muscle damage and even bone bruising.
Rubio made a comeback on 2nd February, playing through the pain barrier and gradually easing back into full flow. However, he went on to suffer a further setback to the same ankle, which sidelined him for another nine fixtures in a row and has ultimately put paid to his campaign. The Catalan therefore bows out with an average of 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game this term.