Spencer Dinwiddie is set for surgery after suffering a partial tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Brooklyn Nets announced on Monday. 

Point guard Dinwiddie landed awkwardly in the third quarter of Brooklyn's 106-104 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. 

Fears over a serious injury have now been confirmed, though the Nets were reluctant to reveal to go into too much detail in a short statement posted on social media. 

"Spencer Dinwiddie has been diagnosed with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee," it read. 

"The injury occurred during the third quarter of last night's game in Charlotte. 

"Further updates will be issued following surgery, which is scheduled to take place next week."

Dinwiddie had started all three games for the Nets so far this season, although he has taken on a reduced role following the returns of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving from injury. 

The 27-year-old, who averaged 20.6 points in 31.2 minutes last season, has provided just 6.7 points per game in 21.3 minutes in 2020-21, albeit the injury limited him to just over 15 minutes against Charlotte. 

Since signing for Brooklyn as a free agent in 2016, Dinwiddie has averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 assists over 274 regular season games. 

The former second-round pick by the Detroit Pistons has a player option for next season.