Gordon Hayward: Boston Celtics forward defiant in video message

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Gordon Hayward: Boston Celtics players emotional after horror injury

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward insisted he "will be all right" in a video message shown to fans a day after his horrific injury in the NBA season opener against Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 27-year-old dislocated his left ankle and fractured his left tibia on his NBA debut for Celtics, who he joined in a $128m (£97m) deal.

Prior to Wednesday's game at home to Milwaukee, his video message was shown.

"It's hurting me I can't be there for the home game," he added.

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"I want nothing more than to be with my team-mates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I'll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck."

The Bucks defeated the Celtics 108-100.

According to ESPN, Hayward is set to have surgery on Wednesday, although Celtics coach Brad Stevens did not estimate when the former Utah Jazz man might return.

Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward was taken off court on a stretcher after the incident

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