March 2, 2011

Injuries bite hoops duo

If Georgia is to beat SEC-West leading Alabama Saturday in Tuscaloosa, the Bulldog might have to do it without leading scorer Trey Thompkins.

Following Wednesday night's 73-53 victory over LSU, head coach Mark Fox announced that Thompkins may miss Saturday's regular-season finale with an injured toe.

According to Fox, Thompkins had to have part of his toenail cut out Tuesday. He appeared to re-aggravate the injury early in the second half and did not return, playing only 22 minutes scoring eight points.

"I'm not sure to be honest if he'll make it to the weekend," Fox said. "The poor kid has been hurt all year."

Thompkins (16.1 points per game, 7.6 rebounds) missed Georgia's first three games of the year after severely spraining his ankle in preseason, an injury which caused him to sit almost a month.

Although not having Thompkins available for Saturday's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. certainly hurt Georgia's chances, senior Chris Barnes said at least the team has experience of not having him to fall back on.

"We started the season without Trey so we actually know how to play without him," Barnes said. "He's a big key to our offense, but we'll have some guys play hard, defend and rebound like we always do. It's going to be tough game but I think we will manage."

Thompkins may not be the only Bulldog on the shelf this Saturday.

Freshman forward Marcus Thornton did not suit up Wednesday after what Fox described as a "deep laceration" on the joint of his right elbow.

"They're (trainers) just watching for infection," Fox said of Thornton, who wore a wrap over his right arm. "I think he has a chance to be back on Saturday."

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