|Caen Basket Calvados posted this on its Twitter account on March 3 |
in celebration of B.J. Monteiro's birthday. (CBC Twitter account)
Monteiro has played in just five games for France's Caen Basket Calvados due to a patella tendon injury. He had surgery on the tendon on Nov. 6 of last year after playing just three games. The tendon had been an issue for the Waterbury native since the beginning of the regular season.
Monteiro tried to come back, but played just a single game on Dec. 15 before having a relapse, according to media reports from France (Google Translate used). Monteiro played just 12 minutes in that game.
Monteiro again returned to the lineup on Feb. 2 and played 25 minutes. He hasn't played in the seven games since.
Monteiro had arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 19 and was slated to be out about four weeks, according to a story on the West France website (Google Translate used). There was apparently cartilage between his meniscus and patella, head coach Herve Coudray said in the article written by Clément Hébert.
It's a tough time for an injury for Monteiro, who was voted Best Wing for 2016-17 on in the league France National 1, which was won by Caen. Caen has struggled to a record of 8-16 without its captain.
Hopefully Monteiro will get healthy soon and be able to return to the court.