Chris Mack and the Louisville Cardinal basketball program has been hit with their second significant injury of the offseason.
The program announced on Monday afternoon that junior captain Malik Williams will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks after suffering a broken bone in his right foot.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville forward Malik Williams will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken bone in his right foot in practice on Friday.
Elected as one of three captains for the Cardinals this year, Williams had a screw inserted into his fifth metatarsal today by Dr. John Ellis at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville. The recovery time is expected to be 6-8 weeks for Williams, a 6-11, 245-pound junior forward from Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Williams started the last 20 games last season while producing four double-doubles. He was third on the team in rebounding and 19th in the ACC, averaging 6.1 rebounds and 7.7 points. Williams blocked a shot in 26 of 34 games as a sophomore and ranked 11th in the ACC in blocked shots (41 total, 1.2 average). He grabbed a career-best 13 boards against both North Carolina and Notre Dame. Williams averaged 9.8 points and 8.4 rebounds over the last five games of last season.
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Williams joins freshman David Johnson on the IR who suffered a shoulder injury last month. He’s expected to return mid-season.