NEW YORK (WFAN) — Nets fans were dealt a blow on Thursday.

The Nets announced center Brook Lopez will undergo surgery Friday on a stress fracture in his right foot. The injury occurred during New Jersey’s 88-82 preseason loss to the Knicks  Wednesday night.

Lopez was reported to be a key piece in the Nets’ offseason trade talks for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Statement from the Nets:

“New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. The injury occurred during the Nets preseason contest at New York on December 21. Lopez will undergo surgery on Friday, December 23.”

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