Report: Dwight Howard likely to need surgery for lingering gluteal injury

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/was" data-ylk="slk:Wizards">Wizards</a> center <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3818/" data-ylk="slk:Dwight Howard">Dwight Howard</a> will likely need surgery after a lingering gluteal injury has caused him frequent issues this season. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)
Wizards center Dwight Howard will likely need surgery after a lingering gluteal injury has caused him frequent issues this season. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

It seems that Dwight Howard’s gluteal injury is worse than initially thought — and will likely sideline the Washington Wizards center for the near future.

Howard will likely need surgery to provide relief from his lingering gluteal injury, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday night. Howard received the recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles on Thursday.


Howard, though, may seek further consultation before going forward with the surgery. It’s unclear how much time Howard would miss if he goes forward with the surgery, however Wojnarowski said it could be a “significant portion” of the season.

Howard was first diagnosed with a strained piriformis muscle — a muscle located in the buttocks near the top of the hip joint — in October, and missed the first seven games of the year with “gluteal soreness.” He had to leave the Wizards’ game against the Trail Blazers earlier this month because he was in so much pain, he struggled to simply sit down and put on his socks. 

Howard has played in just nine games for the Wizards this year, and is averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest. He’s currently on a two-year, $11 million contract with Washington.

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