Syracuse vs. Georgetown: Injuries Aplenty

via media.syracuse.com

It's that time of the year folks. Like SU athletic trainer Brad Pike said, "Everybody has something." It's just a matter of keeping those somethings in check as much as possible.

The two most pressing injury concerns for the Orange are Dion Waiters' hip and C.J. Fair's ankle.

Waiters went flying late in the Villanova game on a "hard foul" by Wildcat James Bell. He laid on the ground briefly but got back up and managed to hit his free throws. Since then, Waiters has been bruised and he's seen limited action on the oourt. He remains hopeful to be in gameshape by Saturday:

"It's real, real sore," Waiters said. "I've had a lot of treatments. It got better from yesterday to today, but it's still sore. I'm going to take it day-by-day."

Meanwhile I suppose we should thank our lucky stars that C.J. Fair's injury isn't as bad as it looked initially. I mean, it looked Arinze Onuaku-bad as he laid on the floor, clutching his ankle last week. That he got up and played the rest of the game seemed a minor miracle. Since then Fair has taken it easy but all signs point to him being good-to-go for Georgetown:

"It's feeling good walking," Fair said Wednesday, "so I'm about to see how it feels right now (during practice)."

Meanwhile on the other side, the initial prognosis on Chris Wright's hand isn't quite as bad as first thought.

Chris Wright had surgery Thursday morning to repair his broken non-shooting hand. He's likely to miss the rest of the regular season and the Big East Tournament, but the team expects its star guard to return in time for the NCAA Tournament.

So still no Wright for this Saturday, but expect him to grit it out for the NCAAs. Fine by us.

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