Sophomore forward Will Yeguete will miss at least 4-6 weeks and likely the remainder of the season for the Florida Gators after breaking his foot during Tuesday game against Auburn, head coach Billy Donovan confirmed following the contest.
Yeguete, a solid interior defender, efficient rebounder and much-needed spark of energy for the Gators when he is on the court, went down with 11:11 left the second half after landing on his foot awkwardly when returning to the floor after going up for a rebound. He was sent to the locker room for further evaluation did not return.
“I’m worried right now that Yeguete broke his foot; I don’t know that that’s the case,” Donovan said after the game, adding that Yeguete had already been sent off to Shands Hospital for X-rays and that he was awaiting the results.
Donovan later confirmed that Yeguete’s food is indeed broken and a Florida spokesman said after the game that he will miss a minimum of 4-6 weeks but likely the entire season.
Yeguete’s injury is to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and is likely a Jones fracture, which may require a screw to be inserted in order to help stabilize the bone.
It is the third major ailment the second-year big man has faced this year.
He suffered a concussion against Ohio State on Nov. 15 and was forced to miss the following game, a 91-55 win over North Florida. Yeguete was concussed a second time against Tennessee on Feb. 11 and UF never recovered in the contest, dropping a 75-70 decision at home. He once again sat out one game, which the Gators won 61-52 on the road at Alabama three days later.
Yegeute has averaged 6.3 rebounds, 4.5 points and 1.2 steals in 22.2 minutes per game over 25 contests for Florida this season.
It remains to be seen how the Gators will attempt to replace his production though the team will likely try do so by committee approach. Florida can go small by giving more minutes to sophomores point guard Scottie Wilbekin and guard Casey Prather or keep size in the frontcourt by using redshirt freshman F Cody Larson more often.
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