Last week, the Atlanta Hawks announced that their All-Star guard, Trae Young, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain, according to Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Late in the third quarter of the Hawks’ April 21st’137-127 overtime loss against the New York Knicks, Young went down with a left ankle sprain in obvious pain. The following day, he went in for an MRI, and X-Rays came back negative.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols interviewed young on Thursday’s episode of The Jump, where he shared that he was lucky to be wearing an ankle brace.
“It feels a lot better,” Young said. “Still sore. Getting an MRI here in a little bit to see if there’s anything more. A lot better than what it felt in the moment.”
On Tuesday, former Los Angeles Lakers trainer Marco Nunez broke down Young’s interity
“So, they diagnosed him [Trae Young] with a second-degree ankle sprain. There are three different degrees first, second, and third when it comes to ankle sprains, with the third being the worse one. The third is when the ligaments tear, and that takes a little bit longer time to heal,” said Nunez.
“Depending on the severity of the tear, sometimes athletes are placed in a cast or a boot. In this case, it is only a second-degree sprain. I think they reported that he would be back in a week or so, which is pretty good. I anticipate the second degree isn’t as bad as it sounds, and his pain tolerance has gotten stronger, and it has gone down.”
If Young can return by the end of this week, he has the opportunity to play against the Sixers on Friday on the road or against the Bulls on Saturday at home.