Rockets' Capela sidelined with fibula fracture

By Gabrielle McMillen 20 December 2016 151
Rockets' Capela sidelined with fibula fracture

The Houston Rockets will be without Clint Capela for at least a month after it was confirmed he had sustained a fracture to his left fibula.

Center Capela left Saturday's 111-109 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half after he collided with Karl-Anthony Towns.

A Houston statement read: "Tests revealed Capela has a small left fibula fracture. He will be re-evaluated by doctor Steven Flores in approximately four weeks."

It's a tough blow for Capela, who has spent the past two years behind Dwight Howard in the pecking order. The 22-year-old finally moved up to the starting position after Howard left the Rockets for the Atlanta Hawks during the offseason.

Capela currently ranks third in the NBA with a field goal percentage of 64 - just ahead of Howard - and is averaging 11.8 points and 8 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game.

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