Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors guard to have thumb surgery, report says

The 24-year-old guard is expected to miss five weeks after suffering the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s win against the Knicks.

Fred VanVleet is expected to miss more time than originally thought.

The Raptors guard is set to have surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, according to The Athletic, and he is expected to miss five weeks.

The team initially expected the 24-year-old to miss three weeks after suffering the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s win against the Knicks, however, it appears his time away from the court will be at least two weeks longer.

VanVleet, in his third season with the Raptors, is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this season. He had been holding down a key role in Toronto’s rotation as the team continues to manage Kyle Lowry’s recurring back issues. 

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