Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.
After surgery tonight, Boston's Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
But there is good news:
Bartelstein tells ESPN on Hayward: "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”