The New Year has not been good for Vlatko Cancar.
The Nuggets reserve forward started 2022 with a shot in the nose in the New Years game against the Rockets when he tied his season high with 11 points. He left the game with blood streaming down his face, but was ready for the Nuggets’ next game.
At the end of the third quarter of Monday’s game against Dallas, Cancar showed up with a squeeze of his right foot. Medical imaging later revealed a fracture, and the Nuggets announced Friday that Cancar had undergone surgery to repair his fifth metatarsal. Dr Kenneth Hunt, of the UCHealth Inverness Center for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery, performed the operation, according to the team’s statement.
Denver interim coach Popeye Jones said ahead of Friday’s game against the Kings that he sent Cancar an encouraging text earlier today.
âHe was scared,â Jones said. “Well done to Vlatko, because he has never had an operation.”
The Nuggets plan to reassess the 24-year-old forward’s progress in 12 weeks. The Nuggets are scheduled to end the regular season on April 10.
Cancar missed the first 17 games of the season with a separate injury. He’s averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 14 appearances this season.