Celtics star Kyrie Irving is expected to miss 3-6 weeks following a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee on Saturday, according to the team.
The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained by Irving during the 2015 NBA Finals.
While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound, according to the Celtics.
With the start of the playoffs less than a month away, the Celtics are already dealing with a slew of injuries.
Big man Daniel Theis is out for the season, and reserve guard Marcus Smart recently underwent surgery. Second-year starter Jaylen Brown has also missed several games with a concussion, but could return as soon as Sunday.