The Golden Gophers suffered a blow yesterday with the news that junior forward Eric Curry suffered another knee injury as Minnesota prepares for the upcoming season.
#Gophers junior forward Eric Curry suffers knee injury in latest setback. Out indefinitely. Tough blow to one of the team's leaders in the frontcourt @StribSports @GopherMBB @B1GMBBall https://t.co/ZlvNLZmdA4— Marcus R. Fuller (@Marcus_R_Fuller) October 8, 2019
Curry has dealt with injuries in his first three seasons with the Gophers and was working to become healthy again for Minnesota heading up until the knee injury he suffered this week at practice. Curry’s role with the team wasn’t exactly known for the upcoming season due to his lingering health issues, but he was expected to at least provide some valuable depth in the frontcourt this season.
“He’s dealt with a lot of injuries,” said head coach Richard Pitino at Big Ten Media Day last week. “He’s been really, really important to our team from a depth standpoint.”
Curry averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in a reserve role his freshman season before missing the entirety of 2017-18. He came back last year but was limited to only 15 games due to injury issues.
With Curry not out indefinitely it leaves the Gophers thin in the frontcourt behind Daniel Oturu and Jarvis Omersa. Minnesota is trying to return to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.