Sports writing, Dec 29 (EFE) .- The point guard Ricky Rubio suffers a torn cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season, according to his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Wednesday.
Rubio was injured in the final minutes of the game that the Cavaliers played against the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday, when the Spanish point guard was playing one of the best games of his NBA career.
The Cavaliers said in a statement that Rubio underwent an MRI in Cleveland today that “revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament.”
The team added that the player “will miss the rest of the 2021-22 season.”
This is the second time that Rubio has suffered a torn left knee ligament. In March 2012, while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in his first NBA season, Rubio tore the same ACL.
Shortly after undergoing surgery in the United States for the serious injury, Rubio declared that the key to his recovery would be “to be strong.”
“At the beginning you always think about what can happen, especially in the first days after the operation when you cannot move your knee. You have the question and the doubt if you will be able to be the same again,” he declared then.
Rubio returned to the slopes in December of that same year, after nine months out, fully recovered.
Rubio broke his cruciate ligament again this Tuesday when, with 2 minutes remaining in the game against the Pelicans, the El Masnou point guard started a shot at the basket. When he was about to finish his movement, he slipped and fell to the ground.
Rubio immediately grasped his left knee between signs of pain. The player had to be evacuated from the track by his teammates Isaac Okoro and Kevin Love.
After the game Love, who was also with Rubio in the Timberwolves in 2012, told EFE that he was “totally dejected” by the injury of his partner and friend.
“I saw his pain when he fell. We have so much history and in general I am very concerned about Ricky’s well-being. I prayed that he was okay. We don’t know what his immediate future is going to be but all we can do is hope and pray he’s okay. “, he declared to EFE.