UFC's Anderson Silva could heal in 6-9 months

Anderson Silva screams in agony after breaking his left leg on a kick to Chris Weidman during their...

Anderson Silva screams in agony after breaking his left leg on a kick to Chris Weidman during their UFC middleweight championship bout at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 10:49 PM ET

Anderson Silva is down but not out.

After breaking the tibia and fibula in his left leg during Saturday night’s headliner against Chris Weidman at UFC 168, the former middleweight champion could resume training in 6-9 months.

Forty-eight hours after surgery, that’s all the 38-year-old could think about.

“He has asked me every time when I see him on my rounds, ‘Will I be able to train? When can I train?’ ” UFC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders said Monday.

Silva had a titanium rod and three screws inserted into his tibia after the fight. The two breaks were relatively clean across and it’s expected the bones will regain their original strength.

There are still obstacles to overcome. Sanders said the bones will likely heal in 3-6 months, but the soft tissue surrounding the injured area must also rehabilitate.

It was “extremely close” to being worse for Silva, according to Sanders. Had the skin broken or a blood vessel burst, the fighter’s risk of infection or requiring vascular reconstructive surgery would have skyrocketed.

Silva suffered the gruesome injury in the second round of the bout after Weidman blocked a leg kick. The fight was stopped and Silva was taken to hospital.

He remains in post-op care at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

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