Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was suddenly left out of the lineup Friday with a wrist injury.
The team said the surgery to remove loose bodies from Lowry's wrist will take place Tuesday.
The Raptors' official release didn't provide many details, stating only that Lowry will "aim to return for the playoffs". He is averaging 22.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Lowry had said that he hurt the wrist sometime during Toronto's game against the Charlotte Hornets on February 15, when he scored 21 points to lead Toronto to a 90-85 win.
At 35-24 they are now fourth in the Eastern Conference, mere percentage points behind third place Washington. He thought so little of the pain that he took part in the three-point shooting contest and National Basketball Association all-star game the following weekend before the discomfort continued.
Lowry was named to the All-Star Game for the third time in his career.