The Taipei Fubon Braves will be without the services of Lin Chih-Chieh, “The Beast,” for 6-8 weeks after a medical diagnosis.

The former Chinese Taipei captain was subbed out late in a game against the Macau Wolf Warriors following a slip in which he appeared to have injured his right foot. After the team’s arrival back in Taipei, Lin was sent to medical experts for a thorough examination.

Although an initial x-ray scan showed no obvious signs of a bone fracture, a follow-up MRI revealed that Lin is dealing with a stress fracture. The injury is suspected to have stemmed from continuous compression due to long-term training.

Lin is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks, with another evaluation to be carried out after his initial recovery period. The Braves will be monitoring the situation and will update fans on his status according to an official announcement made by the team.

In the absence of Lin, Taipei Fubon’s remaining locals will be expected to step up and fill in the void left by the veteran guard as it is presumed that his earliest return will not be until the latter stages of the 2019-20 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) regular season.

The newly joined Taiwanese franchise will play its next game against the Formosa Dreamers at Changhua Gymnasium on December 21.

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