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Celtics ace Irving out for season

Friday, April 06, 2018

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NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kyrie Irving will miss the Boston Celtics' postseason after knee surgery last month, the team confirmed yesterday, dealing a devastating blow to the franchise's play-off hopes.

A Celtics statement said a procedure on March 24 to remove a tension wire implanted during a 2015 operation on a damaged knee had found a bacterial infection.

Irving will undergo a procedure on Saturday to remove two screws inserted in his left patella at the time of the procedure, the team said.

“To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed,” the Celtics said. “The fracture in Irving's patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound.

“He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months.”

News of Irving's season-ending surgery was first reported by ESPN.

Irving, 26, was initially expected to return during the play-offs following last month's operation.

Irving has been in dazzling form for the Celtics this season after his blockbuster move from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017.

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