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Celtics' Hayward (ankle) has plate, screws removed

By Field Level Media
May 30. 2018 11:51PM

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday to remove the plate and screws that were implanted in his left leg after he broke his fibula in the team’s season opener.

Hayward missed all but five minutes this season, his first with the Celtics, as a result of the injury. The team said in a news release that the plate and screws were causing irritation to Hayward’s peroneal tendons, thus making their removal necessary.

Hayward is set to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks and is expected to be at full strength for the start of training camp.

Meanwhile, center Aron Baynes underwent surgery for a nasal fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Baynes should return to basketball activities in two to four weeks.

Despite the injury, Baynes played 19 minutes in Game 7 against the Cavs, which the Celtics lost 87-79 to be eliminated from the playoffs.