The Florida Gators are set to get their 2015-16 basketball season underway and are already going to deal with injury issues to start the season. According to a report from College Basketball Talk, the Gators will be without senior forward Alex Murphy throughout the first four to six weeks of the season.
Losing a senior is never easy for a team, especially a talented forward like Murphy is for the Gators.
Murphy wasn’t a huge piece for the Gators last season, averaging just 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He was expected to take on a much bigger role this year and could have even pushed for a starting job. This injury will set him back, but the Gators have plenty of depth on their roster.
His injury is a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot, which is a very nasty injury for a basketball player. Plantar fasciitis is an injury that has nagged many basketball players throughout the years and has forced quite a few missed games.
Coming back from this injury is going to be a very painful process for Murphy, but he has always been a fighter throughout his career. His motivation to be the best basketball player he can be has been obvious to the Gators. He may not be a superstar in the making, but when he comes back there will be minutes waiting on him.
Expect to see him come back at some point in between the four to six week period and to make an impact on the court later on in the season.
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