The Trail Blazers will be without Damian Lillard for the foreseeable future.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Lillard is expected to have abdominal surgery and will miss six to eight weeks.
In 29 games, Lillard is averaging 24.0 points, 7.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds on .402 .324 .878. The Trail Blazers are now 16-24 after beating the Nets, placing them 10th in the Western Conference standings.
What’s next for Lillard? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he could return to the pitch.
What is Damian Lillard’s injury?
On November 14, Lillard was officially sent off for the first time this season in a game against Denver with ” lower abdominal tendinopathy“It’s a wound he said”irritated“earlier this month when the Trail Blazers faced off against the Cavaliers.
That same injury sidelined Lillard for five games between November 30 and December 8.
How long will Damian Lillard be away?
According to Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Lillard is expected to miss six to eight weeks after having abdominal surgery on Thursday, January 13.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will undergo surgery tomorrow to treat his abdominal injury and he will be reassessed in 6 to 8 weeks, according to league sources. @YahooSports.
– Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 12, 2022
According to that schedule, Lillard could miss between 19 and 25 games and his potential return could depend on where the Blazers stand in the standings when he’s ready.
In November, Lillard told media that he had been playing with it “for a few years now” and was “kind of immune to playing with it”. It has been reported that Lillard treated the injury in the race for the US team’s gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Damian Lillard on a trunk injury which “tightened a bit” in the first half against the Cavs #RipCity
“I’ve been playing with it for a few years now, so I’m kinda immune to playing with it. I played well, I did a lot of things being irritated.” pic.twitter.com/GT3wshQTnb
– Jack Winter (@ArmstrongWinter) November 4, 2021
Trail Blazers 2021-22 Calendar
|Dated||Opponent||Time (ET)||National television|
|January 13||with nuggets||10:00 p.m.||TNT|
|January 15th||among wizards||7:00 p.m.||–|
|January 17||to magic||7:00 p.m.||–|
|January 19||to heat||7:30 p.m.||–|
|January the 21st||among the Celtics||7:30 p.m.||–|
|23 january||at Raptors||6:00 p.m.||–|
|25 january||vs. Timberwolves||10:00 p.m.||–|
|January 26||against non-conformists||10:00 p.m.||–|