The Brooklyn Nets have been dealt a blow in the buildup to their season opener against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, as veteran forward DeMarre Carroll is set to undergo surgery on his injured right ankle and will be out indefinitely.

According to the New York Post's Brian Lewis, Carroll, who sustained the injury last week and had to sit out the team's final two preseason matchups, will need to go under the knife to sort out his ankle.

Head coach Kenny Atkinson was unable to provide a timeline for Carroll's recovery, which likely means that the 32-year-old will be held out for an extended period.

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Carroll was projected to start at one of the forward positions, but a handful of injuries will force Atkinson to tweak his lineups. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is still recovering from an offseason injury and Allen Crabbe will miss the opener. Fortunately for the Nets, they have a litany of options to choose from at the forward spots, including Kenneth Faried, Ed Davis and Jared Dudley, among others.

After arriving in Brooklyn last summer via trade with the Toronto Raptors, Carroll is entering his second season with the Nets. The 6-foot-8 forward is on the final year of his four-year, $60 million deal, which means he is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. To say that this is going to be a very important year for Carroll would be an understatement.