Chandler Parsons playing with torn leg muscle as Gators' injuries mount
Gators' coach Billy Donovan said Thursday afternoon that Parsons has not practiced for the past three days.
"It's probably going to take him a good solid month to get healed and that's the trick for us and our medical staff - the balance between how much he practices and how much he plays,'' Donovan said. "He's not going to necessarily do further damage to it. All it's going to do is prolong the recovery and healing process.''
Parsons is averaging 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in nine games this season. His ability to play will be largely determined by how much pain he can withstand, Donovan said.
"And he's a pretty tough kid, Chandler, that's why I said he'll play on Saturday,'' Donovan said. "He practiced three days before he actually had it looked at. So I don't think it's an injury that's so significant to him, but we don't want to have it (linger). It's almost like a guy who has a high ankle sprain. After you come back from it, how much do you want it just to linger on during the course of the year? So I think we've got to balance it.''
Parsons joins a growing list Gator players on the injured list so far.
Sophomore forward Ray Shipman has returned to practice from a foot injury, but freshman Erik Murphy (shoulder) and sophomore Kenny Kadji (back) are still missing practices.
"We're about at a point where we're playing 3-on-3 in practice,'' Donovan said. "We have some depth issues, there's no question.You've got 10 guys and you're down to six right now, so that makes it challenging, especially with exams going on. We're hopeful that Erik will be back playing. I think Chandler will be fine to play in the game, his practice has been limited. He did practice some with the injury, but we're trying to calm it down right now and use him sparingly in practice. But I fully expect him to play on Saturday.''
The injuries have made practices tough on the other players, they said.
"It's been difficult because it's tiring,'' freshman guard Kenny Boynton said. "We're playing a lot of 4-of-4, full court. You can't sit out because we haven't had enough guys. It's tiring. By the end of practice, you're just exhausted.''