Denzel Valentine shall be out 4 to six months after present process surgical procedure on his left ankle for the second time, the Chicago Bulls introduced Monday, placing his return this season unsure.

Valentine, who has missed the primary 17 video games of the season due to ankle accidents, was recognized with ongoing ankle instability, the Bulls mentioned. Primarily based on the analysis of Wisconsin-based foot and ankle specialist Dr. Bob Anderson, it was determined that Valentine would have ankle surgical procedure subsequent week.

Valentine was initially recognized with a sprained left ankle through the group’s September coaching camp and was anticipated to miss one to two weeks. However in late October, the Bulls introduced he was affected by a bone bruise, not a sprain, and would miss an extra two weeks.

The Bulls mentioned Valentine is anticipated to get better absolutely and take part in regular offseason coaching. Final season, Valentine averaged 10.2 factors, 5.1 rebounds and three.2 assists per sport. He began 37 video games, however he missed the ultimate two weeks of the common season after having surgical procedure on his left knee.

“Denzel is an important a part of this group,” coach Fred Hoiberg mentioned in September when it was initially introduced that Valentine would miss a while. “He is a man we used lots within the second unit as a facilitator.”

The short-handed Bulls (Four-13) are additionally with out Lauri Markkanen (elbow), Bobby Portis (MCL sprain) and Kris Dunn (MCL sprain).

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