Arizona junior guard Allonzo Trier appears likely to return Thursday against UConn with what UA coach Sean Miller called a “mild knee sprain” and bone bruise suffered in a collision with a North Dakota State player Monday at McKale Center.
Trier hit the floor in obvious pain after his knees banged against the legs of North Dakota State's Paul Miller and appeared to get extended. Miller said after the game that Trier he suffered a bone bruise, and Trier had further tests done Tuesday.
Miller wasn’t available for comment Tuesday but made the updated remarks about Trier on his radio show.
Here’s the full transcription of what Miller said:
“We’re very fortunate with the way we look at Allonzo and we had a lot of information today, more than we had last night after the game. He really has a mild knee sprain. I caution the word mild because he has a little swelling. Part of what caused his discomfort or injury was just the banging or colliding of knees moving at full speed. He has a bruise there as well and he’s definitely sore.
We expect him to make a full recovery and hopefully as we get through the rest of today and tomorrow he will be able to play against UConn. I don’t have (a statement saying) 100 percent is he gonna play or what percent he will be if he does play but what we’re hoping is he settles in over the next day or two and gets confident in his own mind.
“He has almost full range of motion, which is also a great sign. If what he has in terms of discomfort can subside, he’ll be able to go. I know he wants to. We certainly won’t put him out there unless it’s safe for him, and also good for both him and our team.”