Horford to miss Stetson game
GAINESVILLE - Junior center Al Horford will miss his third game Wednesday night, still nursing a high ankle sprain.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday afternoon that Horford will not play Wednesday night against Stetson, and will most likely miss Saturday's game against No. 3 Ohio State.
"Al is definitely out for (Wednesday) and I would say right now if you're asking me to assess him playing against Ohio State, I would say no,'' Donovan said. "Now that could change. He did do a little bit in the gym yesterday, just testing his ankle. But he's nowhere near, right now in my opinion, being able to play. And we're probably over cautious with him because of hte nature of the injury being a high ankle sprain. Sometimes those injuries take so long to heal, we just don't want to have something that's lingering.''
Donovan said he will not bring Horford back before he's ready, risking further injury. That, he said, would be detrimental to both Horford and the team's season.
"It's a long season,'' he said. "And one game does not make or break a season with a win or a loss. I just don't think we need an injury to any one of our players, having it become a situation that they are having to deal with it the entire year.''