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Gasol out for the rest of NBA season, Grizzlies confirm

The Spanish two-time All-Star is the side's leading scorer this season but will miss the remainder after undergoing surgery on a fractured foot

Gasol out for the rest of NBA season, Grizzlies confirm
MIKE BROWN EFE

The Memphis Grizzlies will be without leading scorer Marc Gasol for the rest of the National Basketball Association season after the Spaniard had surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot, the team said on Tuesday night.

Gasol, a two-time Olympic medallist, underwent successful surgery on Saturday to repair a fracture in his foot and is expected to make a full recovery, the Grizzlies said in a statement.

"Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan," Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said. "We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond."

Gasol, a two-time NBA All-Star and former defensive player of the year, averaged 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.35 blocks in 34.4 minutes through 52 games for a Memphis team that are fifth in the NBA's 15-team Western Conference.

He is believed to have picked up the injury in a game against Portland on February 8.