Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent a surgical procedure to replace a screw in the right foot he broke earlier this season and will be sidelined at least a week, the team announced Sunday.
Durant initially had surgery to repair a fracture in his foot on Oct. 16, forcing him to miss the first month of the season. The screw inserted in his foot in that operation was causing him discomfort, so doctors replaced it with a different type of screw this weekend, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.
Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. The Thunder did not give a specific timeline for the reigning MVP's return, but expect him back during the regular season. Including Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets, the Thunder play five games over the next eight days.
"There was an opportunity to address irritation from the screw, and make an adjustment to a different piece of hardware within the foot to relieve the symptoms of his soreness," Presti said in the statement. "The fracture itself is healing excellently by all accounts and we continue to feel good about the prognosis moving forward, but in the short term as he continued to have this discomfort, we wanted to determine the best way to alleviate it while still promoting the continued healing of the initial injury."
Durant experienced the soreness during Thursday's victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He sat out Saturday's victory over the Charlotte Hornets while Kyle Singler started in his place.
Durant has played in 27 of the Thunder's 55 games this season. The Thunder entered Sunday with a 1½-game lead over the Phoenix Suns for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff seed.
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