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Sources: Rob Gronkowski Needs More Surgery

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will "very likely" require a fourth surgery on his left forearm, sources told ESPN.

The surgery will remove the plate inserted in the arm in order to make sure an infection has been eradicated.

If Gronkowski does in fact need the surgery, recovery time would be roughly 10 weeks from the date of the procedure.  This is viewed as a setback in his rehab, and other options are currently being considered, including not removing the plate in his arm.

According to sources, if all goes well Gronkowski should be ready for the start of the 2013 season.

The 23-year-old Gronkowski originally broke his arm in a November 2012 against against the Indianapolis Colts.

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