Danilo Gallinari undergoes second ACL operation

Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets grimaces as he injures his left leg and was forced to leave the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center on April 4, 2013
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Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari undergoes a second operation on his anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out for the rest of the 2013-14 season.

Danilo Gallinari has been ruled out for the rest of the NBA season after undergoing a second operation on his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Denver Nuggets forward initially sustained the injury in April last year, but it had been hoped that he would return before the end of this campaign.

In a statement, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said: "Knowing Danilo's drive and work ethic, we look forward to a full recovery and a healthy return to the court next season."

The Nuggets won 50 of the 71 games that Gallinari played in last season, but have won just 27 of the 51 without him.

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