(Reuters) - Atlanta Hawks All-Star center Al Horford will miss three-to-four months with a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team said on Thursday.
Horford, Atlanta's third-leading scorer, suffered the injury in Wednesday's 96-84 road loss to the Indiana Pacers and the Hawks said he will seek a second opinion before deciding whether to undergo surgery.
"We are very disappointed for Al and our team and we wish him the best as he moves forward in the rehabilitation process," Hawks General Manager Rick Sund said in a statement.
The 25-year-old center, taken by Atlanta with the third overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks so far this season.
Wednesday's loss dropped the Hawks to 7-4, one game behind Southeast division-leading Miami Heat.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)