Tuesday , Dec , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rudy Fernandez Will Become Seventh Blazer to Undergo Surgery in ’09

Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing a microdiscectomy on Tuesday afternoon to relieve pressure from a nerve root in his back.

The team’s best outside shooter, and one of its best all-around players, Fernandez has missed the past two games with sciatic pain, which is causing pain in his right leg. The procedure comes one day after he received a second opinion.

The prognosis targets his return in early to mid-January, meaning he will miss at least 17 games because of the injury.

Fernandez is the seventh member of the Blazers to undergo a surgery this season, and the third in the past two days. On Monday, both Greg Oden (left knee) and coach Nate McMillan (right Achilles) had surgery.