Announced by the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, the team’s center, Brook Lopez, will have surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The date for surgery has been set for January 4.
Lopez has already been ruled out for the season. Further information will be released after the surgery, the team said.
The 25-year-old Lopez suffered the injury Dec. 20 in Philadelphia. He ended the 2013-14 campaign with averages of 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on 56.3 percent shooting in 17 games.
As it turns out, Lopez also suffered the same exact injury to the same foot back in 2011, and had the same surgery he’s about to have now on it. He had the screw in his foot replaced during the offseason this summer.
The Brooklyn Nets are currently 10-20 on the season, which somehow is good enough for 3rd place in the Atlantic Division standings. It looks to get only tougher from here for Brooklyn, who, like most teams in the NBA, is dealing with more than just one injury on the team.