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Stevens: Celtics expect a full recovery from Hayward

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Gordon Hayward will undergo surgery on a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia, and Boston’s head coach expects a full recovery from his star wing.

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Brad Stevens addressed the media Wednesday before the Boston Celtics’ home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks regarding Gordon Hayward’s leg injury he suffered Tuesday in Cleveland.

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.

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.

The Celtics will start Marcus Smart in Hayward’s place against Milwaukee, alongside Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

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.