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Updated: October 25th, 2010 2:24pm
Martell Webster has back surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Martell Webster has back surgery, out 4-6 weeks

The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that guard/forward Martell Webster underwent surgery this morning to alleviate back pain that had kept him him out of the team's final two preseason games.

No official timetable for Webster's recovery has been announced, but this type of surgery, officially called a microdiscectomy, usually takes four to six weeks for recovery.

Webster said he had been suffering from pain in his lower-back since the playoffs last season when he was with the Portland Trailblazers. The Timberwolves acquired Webster in the offseason via trade for the draft rights of Luke Babbitt (16th overall) and forward Ryan Gomes.  

This is a blow to a Timberwolves team who was hoping Webster, a five-year NBA veteran, would provide some leadership to a roster that is among the youngest in the league. 

The Timberwolves still have great depth at the shooting guard spot with Corey Brewer, rookie Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Lazar Hayward">Lazar Hayward all capable of stepping up in his absence.  Michael Beasley is also versatile enough to play the wing as well. 

The Timberwolves open the season Wednesday night at Target Center against the Sacramento Kings