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Kyrie Irving undergoes successful knee surgery

The Celtics expect Kyrie Irving to be fully healthy for training camp.
The Celtics expect Kyrie Irving to be fully healthy for training camp.(FILE/CHARLES KRUPA/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving on Saturday underwent successful surgery to remove two screws from his left patella, the team announced.

“The surgery went exactly as planned, and we expect Kyrie to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.

The team previously said Irving is expected to return to the court in 4-5 months.

Irving had been dealing with left knee soreness throughout the season. It was related to his 2015 surgery to repair a broken kneecap.

On March 24, he had a minor procedure to remove a tension wire that had been inserted as part of the 2015 surgery. The belief was that it would alleviate the soreness and help Irving return for the playoffs.

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But pathology tests on the wire showed signs of a bacterial infection, causing the need for this second surgery to remove the screws and clear the infection.