Stevens confirmed the original diagnosis from Tuesday that Hayward had in fact suffered a dislocation of his left ankle, and a fracture of his left tibia. Boston’s head coach also mentioned that Hayward will undergo surgery soon without a set date, and that the Celtics will not speculate on a timetable for his return.
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens confirms Hayward's original diagnosis of a dislocation and fracture of left tibia. He will require surgery.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017
However, Stevens repeated over the course of his media session that the team expects a full recovery from Hayward. This is an encouraging sign, but does not offer any additional information regarding a potential return this season.
"We're expecting a full recovery," Brad Stevens adds. https://t.co/FmHn2rjEuf— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017
The Celtics will start Marcus Smart in Hayward’s place against Milwaukee, alongside Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.
Brad Stevens says that Marcus Smart will move into the starting lineup alongside Kyrie, Brown, Tatum and Horford.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017
It’s probably been said many times already, but I wish Gordon and his family the best after such an unfortunate situation, and we will have information regarding his recovery as it becomes available.