Spurs’ Leonard hasn’t suffered setback, is ‘regrouping’

Earlier this week, the San Antonio Spurs announced star forward Kawhi Leonard will be out for an indefinite period of time to continue rehabbing his right quadriceps tendinopathy injury — the ailment which forced Leonard to miss the first 27 games of the season.

There was instant fear among Spurs fans that Leonard suffered a setback and could miss the remainder of the year.

According to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and those close to Leonard, however, the two-time All-Star will play again in 2018.

“It’s not a setback, just a regrouping,” a person close to Leonard told the San Antonio Express-News.

Leonard has appeared in nine games this season and is averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 46.8 percent from the field.

Popovich confirmed to reporters Leonard didn’t re-injure his quad.

“He didn’t re-injure it, he was just having pain,” Popovich said. “Not right after the game, but the next day at noon or that kind of thing. The pain wasn’t dissipating. It wasn’t going in the right direction. It was going the other way.”

A person close to Leonard also told the San Antonio Express-News Leonard’s injury is not career-threatening.