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Louisville senior Malik Williams out 12 weeks with foot injury

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville will be without its senior captain and starting center for a minimum of 12 weeks.

This morning, UofL big man Malik Williams announced he will undergo surgery on his right foot.

“I’m [heartbroken] on what to say so I guess I’ll just say it,” Williams said. “I will be undergoing surgery that will put me out for a minimum of 12 weeks prior to my 2020 senior season. Firm believer that the strongest warriors are faced with the toughest battles.”

The 12-week timeline would push Williams’ potential return to February, meaning he will miss Louisville’s entire non-conference schedule, including the team’s highly anticipated matchup against Kentucky.
“I feel for Malik,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said in a statement. “He’s everything a coach could ask for in a person, player and captain, so my heart aches for him. Our team will miss his presence on the court during his time away. I feel for our fans as well who love watching and supporting Malik’s play. I have no doubt he will have a successful surgery and do his best to return to the Cardinals. We will support him on and off the floor throughout his absence.”

Williams, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound center out of Fort Wayne, IN, was the runner-up in voting for the 2019-20 ACC Sixth Man of the Year. Over his last 22 games, he averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds (70-of-138 FG, .507), pulling down five or more rebounds in 16 of his last 22 games. He was 19th in the ACC in rebounding (6.1).

Kentucky is scheduled to play Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 26.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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3 Comments for Louisville senior Malik Williams out 12 weeks with foot injury

  1. Bo T'Load
    12:25 pm November 7, 2020 Permalink

    The report did not specify the injury or surgery. Feet are crucial. I’ve had broken metatarsal’s; right foot, then left. It sounds silly. But it is painful and the recovery is long. I wish the lad a speedy recovery.

  2. UKFanSC
    2:32 pm November 7, 2020 Permalink

    Hate it for the young man. Especially a senior captain. Normally I’d welcome any news about Louisville basketball suffering, but this sucks.

  3. peaches76
    7:58 pm November 7, 2020 Permalink

    If Pitino were still coach at UL it meant he’d be back Dec. 5.