Leicester Riders forward, and England International, Anthony Rowe will miss the remainder of the 2013/14 season.
Rowe collapsed early in the second half in Riders last second defeat at Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Championship on Friday night when he was on a breakaway, and Rowe’s leg went out from under him as he attacked the basket.
There was a long delay before Rowe was stretchered off and taken immediately to a hospital in Newcastle.
The 6 foot 8 inch player will undergo surgery this afternoon (Sunday) in Leicester for a ruptured patella tendon, which will likely mean a minimum six months rehabilitation period before he can play again.
Head Coach Rob Paternostro shared his thoughts on the importance of Rowe.
“It was very difficult for all of us to see Anthony get injured like that, we all felt so bad for him, it was very emotional. Over the last two seasons Anthony has been very important in everything we do , both on the floor and off , he is as good a teammate as you could ever find, we will really miss him”
Riders Managing Director Russell Levenston said,
“It is very tough for the player, who had a long period out when he was at Plymouth with an ACL, before he joined the Riders. In fact, Anthony’s immediate thought when he went down was it might be the other ACL, so to that extent, he was slightly relieved. Now it is about getting Anthony treatment, so he can commence his recovery. It is undoubtedly a blow to the team.”