Center had a non-displaced fracture in his right foot repaired
POSTED: Feb 23, 2016 11:57 AM ET
Marc Gasol appeared in 52 games this season, averaging 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds.
MEMPHIS — Marc Gasol underwent successful surgery on Saturday, Feb. 20 to repair a non-displaced Type II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. Although Marc will not return to the court this season, he is expected to make a full recovery. The surgery was performed by foot and ankle specialists Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina and Dr. Drew Murphy of Campbell Clinic.
"Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan," Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said. "Marc's determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery. We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond."
Gasol left in the first quarter of the game on Feb. 8 vs. Portland with the injury. He had scored 11 points in the game's first 10:59.
"It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time," Gasol said, "but I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery."
Memphis, at 32-23, currently holds the seventh-best record in the NBA and sits fifth in the Western Conference standings, five games ahead of ninth-place Utah. The Grizzlies have rallied without Gasol to win two of their three contests since his injury.
"We know this is a difficult time for Marc and want to be supportive of him during his recovery," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. "His presence is still felt greatly within the locker room, and even while he is sidelined, he is still leading us as we push forward."