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Xavier Henry injury update: MRI reveals torn ligament in left wrist

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic as an MRI on Saturday revealed that he has a torn ligament in his left wrist, according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times.

Henry suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards after he made a layup and prevented himself from falling as he used the basket for support. After the game, the 23-year described his left wrist to reporters as “sore” and “tender.”

“I fell on it in the third quarter,” Henry, who scored 12 points in Friday’s game. “It’s going to be sore, but I will feel a lot better about it that the x-rays were negative. So I will get an MRI tomorrow and hopefully everything is good from there.”

This latest injury just puts a cap on what has been an injury-plagued season for the four-year veteran as he has missed 27 games due to a bone bruise in his right knee that he suffered on December 29 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Henry made his return to the court on March 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers after experiencing two separate setbacks in his rehabilitation from his knee injury.

The first setback occurred on January 12 after a individual workout as he experienced swelling in his right knee that forced him to scale back his workload to just non-weight-bearing exercises for the following few days afterward.

The second happened just one day prior to the Lakers’ game on January 26 against the New York Knicks, as the team determined that he would miss at least the next 10-14 days because of the persistent swelling that was occurring in his right knee and would need to undergo go an MRI the following day. 

So with Henry out once again for an extended period of time, expect Kent Bazemore or MarShon Brooks to step in and fill his void in the rotation.

Watch Henry’s impressive crossover against the Spurs this past Friday:

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.

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