After making his long-awaited comeback less than two months ago, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac’s 2022-23 season will be cut short.
Isaac underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a torn left adductor muscle (inner thigh) and will miss the remainder of the regular season, the team said in a statement later in the day.
He had an MRI conducted Wednesday, which revealed the injury, after he felt discomfort following Tuesday’s practice in Milwaukee.
“Our thoughts are with Jonathan, whose fortitude in dealing with adversity is unique,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said in a statement. “Jonathan has worked extremely hard to return to the court this season and has demonstrated his impact on our team. We will be by his side as he focuses on the work ahead.”
Isaac was sidelined for four consecutive games entering Friday’s road trip-ending matchup against the Hornets in Charlotte. He was listed as out because of a strained right hamstring/adductor.
The Magic were operating with an abundance of caution with Isaac after he was sidelined for 2 1/2 years before returning to the court last month.
Isaac was sidelined from August 2020 until Jan. 11 after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Aug. 2, 2020, during the league’s restart in its Disney World bubble.
He had surgery on the right hamstring last March while rehabbing from the left knee injury.
Isaac made his return with the Magic’s G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, earlier this year and played three games for Lakeland before making his return to Orlando in the Jan. 23 win over the Boston Celtics.
He’ll end the season with averages of 5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 11.3 minutes (11 games) since returning.
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