Carlos Delfino underwent surgery Saturday to repair a fractured bone in his right foot and will miss at least eight weeks. The surgery took place in his native Argentina at Sanotorio de la Trinidad in Buenos Aires.
Delfino, who is yet to play this season, suffered the injury in a first-round playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder last season as a member of the Houston Rockets. He suffered a setback in his recovery prior to training camp, and reports surfaced that he would miss the entire season. The team has since clarified that Delfino could return this season, and Saturday’s news suggests it’s a distinct possibility.
Delfino will be have the foot immobilized and will be restricted to non-weight-bearing activities for at least eight weeks. After that period is up, he’ll begin working his way back into basketball shape, a process that will likely take considerable time.
The 31-year-old was expected to play a major role for Milwaukee this season and was considered the favorite to start at small forward until the team acquired Caron Butler. Delfino was brought in to replace Mike Dunleavy, who signed with the Bulls as a free agent in the offseason. Milwaukee inked Delfino to a two-year, $6.5 million deal in July.
Delfino is one of four teammates currently out due to injury. Butler (knee soreness) has not played since Nov. 29, Zaza Pachulia (fractured foot) will miss a month and, of course, Larry Sanders remains out after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.