HOUSTON (AP) -Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis will undergo season-ending surgery on a torn left quadriceps muscle, his agent told a Houston television station Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3 Francis has been out since Dec. 15 with the injury. He's appeared in only 10 games this season with three starts, averaging 5.5 points and three assists.
Agent Jeff Fried told KRIV that Francis would have the procedure.
``It's been a challenging few years for Steve from an injury perspective, and if there is any aspect of a positive light to be placed on the situation it is that Steve now knows the severity of the injury,'' Fried said, ``and can take definitive steps to repair the problem and look forward to continuing his basketball career at the elite level that he is accustomed.''
Fried did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press. Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis would not confirm the surgery.
ught Tracy McGrady to the Rockets. After two seasons with the Magic, Francis spent two seasons with New York before signing with Houston again.
The former Maryland star has career averages of 18 points and six assists, but his numbers have steadily declined since he left the Magic.

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