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Thumb injury puts Wright out for Gators

By DEBI JONES and ASSOCIATED PRESS

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001


GAINESVILLE -- Florida forward Brent Wright is scheduled to have surgery on his right thumb today and will miss tonight's game at LSU.

The senior, who missed four games after surgery Jan. 4 to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, sustained the thumb injury during Saturday's victory against Arkansas. He played the rest of the game and practiced Sunday.

X-rays taken Monday morning showed the broken bone.

Coach Billy Donovan said he did not know how many games Wright would miss. Donovan said sophomore Matt Bonner would start in Wright's place.

"All I know right now is he has a broken thumb," Donovan said. "We will not know the extent of the injury and how long he will be out until after surgery"

Wright is averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds even with limited playing time after his first surgery.

Wright, who missed UF's first four Southeastern Conference games, returned against Auburn on Jan. 24. He returned to the starting lineup Saturday.

"He's obviously devastated again because he's hurt and he's out, but he's a tough kid," Donovan said. "Hopefully we'll get him back as soon as we can."

UF had already lost guard Justin Hamilton for the season with a knee injury. Guard Teddy Dupay missed most of January with a herniated disc.

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