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Hedo Türkoğlu encounters setback in broken-hand recovery

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One of the five screws inserted in the Magic forward's broken left hand came lose, prompting doctors to re-apply the cast.

Hedo Türkoğlu
Hedo Türkoğlu
Marc Serota

Orlando Magic forward Hedo Türkoğlu said Wednesday he's suffered a setback in recovering from the broken left hand he sustained in Orlando's season-opening victory against the Denver Nuggets, which setback will likely rule him out of action for another month, according to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.

Türkoğlu broke his non-dominant hand on a foul he committed against Denver forward Danilo Gallinari. He underwent surgery to insert five screws and a metal plate in that hand, but said Wednesday an x-ray showed one of the screws had come loose, says Denton.

"They put the cast back on for it to be more stable," Türkoğlu said. "I'm upset cause I hoped to come back sooner. Hopefully it won't take long."

Türkoğlu started at small forward for Orlando on opening night. He left that game in the third quarter and did not return, leaving Magic coach Jacque Vaughn scrambling to replace the 12-year veteran. Undrafted rookie DeQuan Jones got two starts in Türkoğlu's place, but has an injury of his own with which to contend. Vaughn then called on Josh McRoberts, a natural power forward, to start at small forward for two games. Orlando's current starting lineup features J.J. Redick at shooting guard, as Vaughn has slid Arron Afflalo from the two to the three.

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