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Injury is very likely to end Gordon Hayward’s season, specialists say

Gordon Hayward is wheeled on a stretcher into the New England Baptist Hospital early Wednesday morning. –WBZ

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is highly unlikely to resume playing this season, after fracturing and dislocating his left tibia just over five minutes into Tuesday’s season opener, in the view of five Boston orthopedic surgeons who are not involved with his care.

But some predicted Hayward would recover fully and return to play next season.

“It will probably be a long road for him,’’ said Dr. Christopher W. DiGiovanni, chief of the Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. But at the end, DiGiovanni said, “He can go back to the same level of play and performance.’’

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