West Virginia continues to creep back toward ‘healthy’ status after getting hit pretty hard with injuries in the opening week of the season. With the Mountaineers set to play again on Thursday night, Head Coach Neal Brown gave an update on the handful of medical updates regarding his team.
“[Tirek] Austin-Cave played a little bit in the game,” said Brown. “Jordan White played. I think they’ll both be available [Thursday]. Aubrey Burks will be back this week. Jalen Thornton, we’ll be practicing today, so we’re hopeful no more [absences] after he practices today.”
There was one player that will definitively be out this week – Charles Woods. As EerSports reported over the weekend, Woods had a special surgery to treat a high ankle sprain, one that could have him back on the field within a few weeks. Brown danced around – as he should – what the exact injury was, but indicated that Woods could be back sooner rather than later.
“He had surgery last week; it’s kind of a unique surgery,” said Brown. “We’re hopeful and he’s hopeful that he’ll be back….. It kind of goes on how he feels. Like I said, we’re hopeful, and he’s hopeful, that he’ll be back. But, it will be a couple weeks from now.”
According to EerSports’ sources, Woods had what is called a ‘tightrope’ procedure, which tightens up the loose ligaments in his ankle. It takes about thirty minutes to do and is minimally invasive, allowing for a return to action somewhere between four to six weeks after having the surgery.
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