Gophers’ Andre Hollins Out 7-10 Days With Ankle Injury
Minnesota Gophers junior guard Andre Hollins is expected to be out of the lineup for about a week after suffering an ankle injury during Wednesday’s win over the Wisconsin Badgers.
Hollins injured his left ankle just 16 seconds into Wednesday night’s game against the Badgers. Hollins rose up for a shot, and as he landed his left foot came down on Josh Gasser’s shoe, causing his ankle to roll outward.
Hollins remained down on the floor in pain, and video replays showed that his ankle absorbed a great deal of force. He was helped off the court by teammates, but he couldn’t put any pressure on the foot.
Hollins was taken to the locker room for examination, but he never returned to the court. His teammate’s rallied around him, and dominated the game throughout to earn a 81-68 win over the #9 ranked Badgers.
Hollins underwent an MRI on Thursday, and according to team doctors he is expected to miss 7-10 days with the injury. That means he’ll likely miss Sunday’s game at Nebraska, and next Saturday’s home game against Northwestern. Assuming all goes as planned, Hollins should be able to return to the court on February 5 for a road game against Purdue.
Although they were able to knock off the Badgers without their leading scorer, Minnesota will have to adjust to life without Hollins for the next few games. Hollins is averaging 15.5 points and 2.8 assists this season, and he’s shooting 35 percent fro the three-point line.
Malik Smith, DeAndre Mathieu, and Mo Walker are expected to see a bump in minutes in Hollins’ absence.
Although we don’t have video of Hollins’ injury, those who saw it live will say it was almost identical to the ankle injury suffered by Kobe Bryant. If you jump over to the Kobe post, you’ll see the injury described above. Player jumps, player lands on opponent’s foot, player’s left ankle rolls outward and absorbs the body’s downward force.
In both cases, the underlying issue that should be addressed is if the sprain caused damage to the ankle ligaments. Fortunately for Hollins, he is younger than Kobe and likely has a lot less wear and tear on his ligaments. As we age, our ligaments wear down and can make us more susceptible for injury. I think Hollins should have no problem bouncing back form this injury.
As for the timetable, it seems pretty accurate. When Kobe suffered a similar injury, he played 12 minutes in a game two days later, and then sat out the next two games. Kobe proved the injury was behind him when he returned to the court nine days after suffering the injury, as he logged 38 minutes on the court.
Next Saturday’s game against Northwestern will be exactly nine days after Hollins suffered his injury, so I would not be surprised if he suited up for that game. He’ll miss the Nebraska game, but my bold prediction is that will be the only contest he’ll miss with the ankle injury.
Related source: CBS Minnesota