Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has a broken nose and will have surgery to fix the break, according to the Associated Press.
Williams broke his nose during a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 15 but has played in two games since then.
He will have the outpatient procedure Thursday and should rejoin the Jazz for their game Friday night against Dallas wearing a face mask, the team announced Wednesday.
Williams will not play in Utah’s game in New Orleans against the Pelicans Wednesday night.
On the season, Williams has averaged 7.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.4 blocks in 21.3 minutes per game.
Williams broke his nose in a 91-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday, but played in the next two games, both losses to the Golden State Warriors.
“He’s a tough guy and a competitor and he wants to be out there to help his team,” Jazz head coach Ty Corbin told Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune. “We want to make sure we do the right thing by him and not put him anymore in harm’s way than he has to be.”