Minnesota basketball was hit with some more bad news today when it was revealed that guard Amir Coffey will be out for an extended period of time.
The guard suffered an injury earlier in the week against Illinois and missed today’s loss against Indiana. Coffey reportedly has a HAGL lesion on his right shoulder.
“I don’t think he’s going to be back soon,” said Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino. Pitino added that he’s “hopeful” that Coffey will be able to return this year, though no timetable has been announced.
Coffey has been a key player for the Gophers this season, averaging 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The guard also has hit on 37% of his three pointers and is third in scoring for Minnesota, behind only Jordan Murphy and Nate Mason.
The timing of Coffey’s injury couldn’t have came at a worse time, with Minnesota losing center Reggie Lynch to suspension. Lynch has been a key defensive player for the Gophers, averaging 8.0 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game as one of the conference’s top defenders.
Without two of their key players, Minnesota was knocked off at home by Indiana. With the Gophers schedule set to pick up considerably from here on out, including Northwestern and Purdue next week, Pitino’s team will need to regroup or things could go south down the stretch.
According to Amir’s father, Richard Coffey, the guard is working on rehabbing the injury but they currently don’t know how long he’ll be out.
“He’s started rehab already. They’ll re-visit it next week and see how it feels and they’ll go from there,” Coffey told the Pioneer Press.