Nate Jawai requires foot surgery.
Nate Jawai requires foot surgery. JULIAN SMITH

Surgery to keep star Taipan out for rest of year

CAIRNS Taipans star Nate Jawai will not play again in 2017 after it was revealed he requires another surgery on his injured foot.

While there were initial concerns of plantar fasciitis, scans found he has experienced a partial tear of a ligament in his left foot.

Ahead of tonight's round-two clash at the Cairns Convention Centre with the Adelaide 36ers, Taipans coach Aaron Fearne said the club would consider an injury replacment for Jawai but will go with what they currently have for tonight's game.

Taipans CEO Mark Beecroft said it was a cruel irony that Jawai injured himself so early, following such a dedicated off-season training.

"We're all feeling for Nate right now. He was really committed to his rehabilitation and overall fitness during the off-season, so for this to happen in Round One, Game One is incredibly unfortunate," Beecroft said.

"The entire organisation is standing behind him right now and we're hoping for a speedy recovery."

Jawai will have surgery next week, with an expected recovery time of 12 weeks, ruling him out of any NBL games until 2018.

A mid-January return would see him miss at least 13 rounds of a 19-round season.

Jawai, playing his first NBL game on Friday night since shoulder surgery, pulled up sore after scoring at the basket late in the second term - at that point he was the leading scorer (12 points, five rebounds) - and did not return.


Taipans v 36ers, tonight, 6.30pm (AEST)