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Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green could be out for more time than it was anticipated at first, as he’s nursing a back injury that’s already forced him to miss eight consecutive games.

According to Marc J.Spears of ESPN, the Warriors and Green are not optimistic about a quick return for the veteran forward, who was eventually ruled out with a disc issue after having initially a calf injury.

“I talked to him last week,” Spears told KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” on Tuesday. “He had initially a calf injury that he expected to go away and maybe be able to play on that last road trip, but they eventually found out it was also a back issue, a disc issue. Which is certainly very, very scary especially for players that get older. Or any player for that matter.”

“So, now we are about a week away from an update, but I’m kind of hearing grumblings that there is no light at the end of the tunnel right now, which certainly is a scary thing for Draymond and the Warriors.”

Green is set to be re-evaluated in Jan. 30. Since his injury, the Warriors went 5-4 in the last nine games, suffering through the worst stretch of their impressive 2021-22 regular season. While Green is one of the top defensive players in the league, the Warriors seem to be disjointed in offense during that stint, according to Spears.

“He is certainly the heart and soul of the team, not only defensively but I think now with some of the struggles that Curry is having, you see what he does offensively that makes it easier for Curry to do what he does,” Spears claimed. “And the rest of the offense with his passes, and extremely high basketball IQ.”

The Warriors host Dallas Tuesday night, their fifth game during a seven-game homestand, which ends Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets.