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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 23, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Texas A&M’s Derrick Roland is going home

***Update 1:25 p.m.***
The spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center said Texas A&M guard Derrick Roland, who broke his lower right leg in Tuesday’s game against Washington, is in satisfactory condition.
It’s likely he’ll be released from the hospital and return home to Texas on Thursday, said Susan Gregg-Hanson, the hospital’s spokeswoman.
Roland had a pin inserted in his leg last night to repair a broken fibula and tibia.
Before being released, he needs to be cleared by his physician. Gregg-Hanson estimated the chances of his release are very high “about 90-95 percent.”
Contrary to reports, the injury is not career-threatening. A person familiar with Roland’s injury said it was a clean break and said Kenyon Martin suffered a similar injury his senior year at Cincinnati.
Aggies coach Mark Turgeon and senior guard Donald Sloan, Roland’s best friend, stayed behind and remain in Seattle. The rest of the team flew home to College Station, Texas on a 6 a.m. flight.
The Aggies were trying to fly in Roland’s aunt from Dallas and she was scheduled to arrive Wednesday. It’s unclear if she’s still flying to Seattle because Roland has been cleared sooner than expected.
Gregg-Hanson said Roland is excited about returning home and spending Christmas in Texas with family and friends.
I spoke with Turgeon this morning and he said: “The surgery went great last night. After rounds this morning, the doctor said everything went great. … He’s resting now. Of course he was up most of the night.
“It’s probably going to be the 26th before he’s released, but we don’t know for sure. The doctor is worried about flying him home with blood clotting and things like that so he’s probably going to be here through Christmas.”
Fans who want to immediately send gifts or messages to Roland should contact Harborview using this link.
Turgeon said Roland has received over 700 e-mails.
Roland’s Twitter account is @D_Ro3Ro and here’s his Facebook address.
Because Roland could leave the hospital tomorrow, the team also suggests two options to contact him.
Regular mail:
Texas A&M University
Men’s Basketball Office
PO Box 30017
College Station, TX 77842-3017
Or via overnight mail:
Texas A&M University
Athletic Dept.
Kyle Field Room #110
161 Wellborn Road
College Station, TX 77840-2876
Below is a video link to the injury. Caution: It’s not for the faint of heart. The incident was so gruesome, witnesses say the Aggies trainer fainted while treating Roland.

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