Gordon Hayward has 'successful' surgery, is unlikely to play again this season

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Gordon Hayward underwent surgery tonight for his dislocated ankle and broken tibia and is unlikely to return this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports.

The Boston Celtics released a statement Thursday afternoon to say Hayward's surgery was a success, and they expect the forward to make a full recovery.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Wednesday's 108-100 loss to the Bucks that Hayward was "down" after the injury that occurred a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut.

Prior to the Celtics home opener against Milwaukee Bucks, Hayward delivered a message to Celtics fans on the jumbotron at TD Garden.

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Hayward suffered the injury while going up for an alley-oop with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of the Celtics season-opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. I was nauseous watching it, just going back to that place. "But that's not what we're looking at right now". While it'll surely be a long recovery for Hayward, there is no reason to believe he won't be ready for the start of training camp next season. It hurts me that I can't be there for the home opener. "But I'll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck". "I thought the Cavs organization was top notch in taking care of him of while we were there".

Stevens would not put a timeline on Hayward's recovery.

"We'll see how that works itself out".

In all, the Celtics will be able to recoup approximately $11 million of the $29.7 million the team owes Hayward this season.

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