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Drake Lines Up Surgery for ACL, Pleasure P, Jeremih Fill In on Tour

August 4, 2009 2:14 PM ET

"This nigga really got a bad leg," Lil Wayne joked seconds after his protégé Drake re-injured his leg after a fall at the America's Most Wanted tour stop in Camden, New Jersey. "I thought this shit way only on his TV show," Weezy added, hinting at Drake's wheelchair-bound character on Degrassi: The Next Generation. As Drake's publicist exclusively tells Rock Daily, Drake really does have a bad leg: The up-and-coming MC is undergoing surgery to repair his torn ACL within the next few days, with a rest and recovery period of six to 10 weeks planned following the operation.

(Click here for more of Drake's journey from Degrassi to signing with Young Money.)

For over a month, Drake has been saddled by a torn ACL, with the rapper posting on his Twitter on June 25th "Word of advice...dont tear your ACL...its quite painful...who wants to bring me ice packs?" Still, he managed to work through the pain. According to Drake's publicist, the "Best I Ever Had" star was cautious when onstage and was receiving acupuncture treatments to keep the swelling down, but the fall in Camden effectively ensured that Drake won't be touring — or walking — for a little while.

"I embarked on this tour with a torn ACL, MCL, and LCL and due to the events that happened the other night lord only knows what other damage I have done," Drake wrote on his October's Very Own blog on August 2nd as he headed back to Toronto for surgery. "On the bright side I will begin the reflecting and soul searching that its going to take to make this album and my outfit on the night I fell was crack." While Drizzy embarks on his long road to recovery, his publicist tells Rock Daily that the rapper will continue working on his debut album Thank Me Later. Pleasure P and Jerimih will take over Drake's spot on the Young Money tour.

As Rock Daily reported from the America's Most Wanted tour stop at New York's Jones Beach, Lil Wayne asked the audience to keep Drake in their prayers, while the August 2nd performance in Virginia Beach saw Chris Brown stepping in for the injured Drizzy.

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Drake's Big Break: Lil Wayne’s Protege Leaves Degrassi for Rap

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