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Updated: March 16th, 2012 2:22pm
Ricky Rubio's ACL replacement scheduled for Wednesday in Colorado

Ricky Rubio's ACL replacement scheduled for Wednesday in Colorado

by Tom Pelissero
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Ricky Rubio will have his left knee reconstructed sooner than originally thought.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Friday that Rubio will undergo surgery to replace his torn anterior cruciate ligament on Wednesday at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Dr. Richard Steadman will perform the surgery.

Rubio was injured with 16 seconds remaining in the Wolves' loss to the Lakers on March 9. It was believed surgery might have to wait until April while he regained range of motion in the knee and strength in his quadriceps.

No timeline was given for Rubio's recovery, but it usually takes six to eight months before returning to action. That leaves in doubt Rubio's available for the start of the Wolves' 2012-13 season in early November.

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Rubio excelled in his debut with the Wolves this season. He ranked third in the NBA in steals (2.22 per game) and fifth in assists (8.2) before the injury.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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