Warriors' Klay Thompson to Miss 2020-21 Season After Tearing Achilles Tendon During Workout
Klay Thompson will have to sit out another season.
The Golden State Warriors player, 30, tore his right achilles tendon this week and will miss the upcoming season as a result of the injury, the team announced on Twitter Thursday.
The injury happened during a workout on Wednesday, the team said, and Thompson underwent an MRI on Thursday.
"Klay Thompson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, an MRI confirmed today in Los Angeles," the team said in a statement. "Thompson suffered the injury in a workout yesterday in Southern California. He is expected to miss the 2020-21 season."
This marks the second season in a row that Thompson will miss due to an injury. He injured his left ACL in 2019 during the championships against the Toronto Raptors.
As pointed out by USA Today, the All-Star had only missed one playoff game in his eight years in the NBA up until that point.
Several athletes offered their well-wishes to Thompson after the news of his injury was made public.
"Get well soon champ @KlayThompson," wrote teammate Juan Toscano Anderson on Twitter.
Former Warriors player Rick Barry said that his "prayers and empathy go out to" Thompson.
"Having had injuries that kept me away from the game I know how devastating it can be emotionally," Barry, 76, said in a tweet. "If anyone can get through this and come back, I’m sure it’s Klay with his great work ethic."
Thompson's agent did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment, but ESPN reported that the player is expected to make a full recovery in time to play in the 2021-22 season.
After the draft, which took place at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said that coach Steve Kerr and other staff members would be flying to Los Angeles to be with Thompson, ESPN reported.