Nets say LeVert could return from foot injury this season


BROOKLYN'S Caris LeVert suffered a horrific leg injury after landing awkwardly in an National Basketball Association game this morning. Despite Monday night's gruesome injury, he won't need surgery and is expected back this season.

At halftime, the Nets had tears in their eyes fearing the worst for their rising star, Caris LeVert, after he was carried out on a stretcher to a local Minnesota hospital.

But less than 24 hours later he's been diagnosed with a dislocated right foot and there's talk of him returning to the court later this year.

"Fortunately, tests performed this morning revealed that there are no fractures and only moderate ligament damage", Nets team orthopedist Dr. Martin O'Malley said in a statement, via the Nets.

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He was carried off the court and taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

An early Most Improved Player candidate, LeVert has appeared in 14 games with the Nets this season with averages of 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.

LeVert, who battled foot injuries in college at MI before emerging as a first-round pick, had been the Nets' best player during their promising start. The Michigan product is expected to make a full recovery and return before the end of the regular season. He leads the Nets in points per game at 19, shooting 54.1% from the field.