Valentine underwent a left ankle stabilization procedure Tuesday and will be out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Valentine's underwent reconstructive surgery on his left ankle Tuesday, ending his 2018-19 season. The Bulls' hope that Valentine can return to full basketball activities in approximately six months and that he will be ready for next season.
Valentine is scheduled to undergo reconstructive left ankle surgery Tuesday in Green Bay, Wis., K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Assuming the procedure goes according to plan, Valentine will face a 4-to-6-month recovery timetable, likely spelling an end to his season. The Bulls exercised Valentine's $3.38 million fourth-year player option back in October, so the swingman will look to reclaim health and re-establish himself as a viable rotation member in 2019-20, the final year of his rookie contract.
Valentine is scheduled to undergo reconstructive ankle surgery and will miss the next four-to-six months as a result.
This is a tough break for Valentine, who will head for his third surgery in three Eason -- second on the ankle. Valentine has been sidelined all season with an ankle issue, which was recently diagnosed as ongoing ankle instability. The 25-year-old is supposed to make a full recovery. While Valentine could theoretically return before the end of the season if everything goes as planned, the Bulls could choose to play it safe with him as they don't figure to be competing for a playoff spot.
Valentine (ankle) has been ruled out indefinitely, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Valentine's ankle reportedly did not respond well to his recent increase in workload, so the Bulls will go back to taking a cautious approach with him for the time being. There is no telling how long Valentine will remain sidelined, but Antonio Blakeney should continue seeing an expanded role off the bench for Chicago in his absence.
Valentine (ankle) has been cleared to increase his workload but still remains without a timetable for a return, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Tests indicated that the swelling in Valentine's ankle had gone down, but while he's certainly trending int he right direction, it could still be a while before the wing is able to play again. Antonio Blakeney will continue to be the primary benefactor from Valentine's absence moving forward.
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