Garbo requires more surgery

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Jorge Garbajosa needs more surgery.

The Raptors announced last night that their medical staff had determined that the Spanish forward requires additional surgery to his fractured left fibula and left ankle, in which he tore ligaments last March in a horrific fall at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden.

Garbajosa underwent surgery soon after the initial accident but tests this past summer by the Raptors medical staff revealed more surgery would be necessary.

Since the weeks leading up to the European men's basketball championship in Spain in September in which he played, Garbajosa has steadfastly maintained he is not experiencing any pain and was fit to play. Doctors in Spain came to the conclusion that no additional surgery was necessary.

According to the statement, Garbajosa met with Dr. Mark Myerson in Baltimore yesterday but the team still was awaiting Myerson's written report.

DATE NOT SET

The team said no surgery date has been determined nor has a timeline been established for a return to the basketball court.

Garbajosa was placed on the inactive list last Tuesday prior to the Raptors' loss in Dallas and will remain there indefinitely. He had undergone an MRI on Saturday in Toronto and the results of that MRI revealed some sort of abnormality that the Toronto staff could not identify.

In order to take part in the European championship, the Spanish federation agreed to purchase a $1-million insurance policy that would cover Garbajosa's contract in the event of an injury.

That policy expires Friday.


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