MRI confirms ‘significant sprain’ for Ricky Rubio, who will be out indefinitely


Late in the second quarter of Friday night’s contest between the Timberwolves and the Magic, Ricky Rubio went down with an ankle injury, and had to be helped off the floor and into the locker room by his teammates.

It didn’t look good at the time, obviously, as the replay appeared to show Rubio rolling his ankle somewhat severely.

From Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:

A MRI taken in Miami on Ricky Rubio’s injured ankle confirmed a “significant” sprain and he is out indefinitely.

It’ll likely be at least two weeks until the team has a better idea the damage caused when he badly rolled his ankle just before halftime of Friday’s 112-103 overtime loss at Orlando.

The injury was not diagnosed as a “high ankle” sprain, which is good news because that’s a slow-healing injury that can take six to eight weeks or more to heal.

The MRI also confirmed there is no fracture.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports the injury could cause Rubio to miss seven to eight weeks.

Rubio had averaged 9.4 points and career-bests in rebounds (5.6) and assists (10.0) through the first five games of the season.