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December 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Aziz N’Diaye will miss Friday’s game, hopes for Pac-12 return

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Junior center Aziz N’Diaye said he was relieved today when told a MRI on his injured right knee didn’t reveal torn ligaments or serious structural damage.
Coach Lorenzo Romar had hoped N’Diaye might be available for Friday’s game against UC Santa Barbara.
However, N’Diaye said he will not play Friday or Sunday against South Dakota State. He was doubtful about the Dec. 22 game against Cal State Northridge and targeted a return Dec. 29 in the Pac-12 opener against Oregon State.
N’Diaye told teammates he’ll miss the next three games and the Huskies are preparing as if they won’t have their 7-foot enforcer who averages 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 7.1 points per game.
Considering N’Diaye’s medical history, missing three games is good news for the Huskies. He sat out the 2009-10 season at the College of Southern Idaho after tearing his right ACL.
It’s already been a difficult season for N’Diaye who suffered a concussion Oct. 30 during a scrimmage at Santa Clara. He sat out a week and missed an exhibition against Seattle Pacific.
Here’s a transcript of an interview with N’Diaye:


(Happy to hear the the news today?) “Yes. … It’s a long process. It’s like 6-7 months. I’ve been through it before and I didn’t want to go through it again. So when I heard it, it kind of (gave) me a sense of relief. I was happy.”
(First a concussion and now the knee.) “That’s part of the game. I never thought about it. Whatever happens happens because when you step on the court, you never know what’s going to happen. I just think and pray to God that everything is going to end up being fine so I’m just going to rehab it. I’ve been through knee injuries before so I’m just going to rehab it.”
(Does it feel anything like the time you tore ligaments?) “It’s kind of a little different because I didn’t put a lot of pressure on it this weekend. I was trying to be careful so I can wait for the MRI. I felt like it was kind of sore and stiff, but you can never tell. Even when I tore my ACL it might feel right, but if you start playing or doing some type of movement you know that your ACL is not there. I was just ready for the MRI so I could clear my mind.”
(You’re not wearing a brace or using crutches. That’s a positive sign right?) “I don’t know. The fact that I’m not wearing a brace doesn’t mean anything. I’ll just rehab it and hopefully I’ll be back soon.”
(Friday?) “I’m not playing Friday or this weekend at all. I know my knee is not ready for that. I’m going to start rehab today or tomorrow. Go from there. Miss these next couple of games, but I’ll be back.”
(Any idea when?) “I’m hoping soon as I can. Maybe for the start of the Pac-12 season. That’s my hope, but we have to see how the rehab goes.”

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