After a disappointing rookie season, the Phoenix Suns had high hopes for Robin Lopez this season. However, Lopez is now expected to miss at least six weeks due to a broken left foot that will require surgery.
Lopez was injured during the Suns intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday. His foot injury has been diagnosed as a broken fifth metatarsal. He’ll need a screw to fix his foot during surgery.
Last year, as a backup to Shaquille O’Neal, Lopez averaged 3.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 10.2 minutes per contest. The 21-year-old shot 51.8% from the field and 69.1% from the free throw line.
This season, Lopez had a good chance to start at center for Phoenix. Without Lopez, the team will likely have to turn to Channing Frye or Louis Amundson as Amare Stoudemire’s partner up front.
While the team claims that Lopez may be able to return in six weeks, a more likely scenario is for him to return at some point in the month of December.