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30 December 2007

Drummond sidelined with stress fracture

posted by NovaFan09
12/30/2007 12:21:00 AM

Before the game tonight, Villanova announced disappointing news in that sophomore center Casiem Drummond has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right ankle. Originally diagnosed as ankle tendonitis, Drummond has been hampered and unable to suit up for the past few games.

A stress fracture is defined as a tiny bone crack developed from overuse. When muscles are fatigued they fail to absorb the shock of impacts. Consequently, the muscles transfer the stress to the ankle which creates a small fracture. With proper rest, and use of protective footwear, most players with similar injuries have been able to return and be effective in the same season.

There is no timetable for his return, although similar injuries by basketball players such as Samuel Dalembert and Josh Childress have sidelined the stars for several weeks, with Childress' injury coming in the final weeks of the season. Interior players Dante Cunningham and Antonio Pena must step up in Drummond's absence if he is expected to miss significant time if the Cats hope to contend in the Big East.

Drummond has had a solid sophomore season thus far, starting six of Villanova's first eight games while averaging 7.1 points and 7.9 rebounds. His strongest game arguably came against NC State when he grabbed 17 rebounds during the Old Spice Classic.

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At 10:34 AM, December 30, 2007, Anonymous Gregg said...

So when do you predict that Drummond will return?

At 11:05 AM, December 30, 2007, Anonymous Emily said...

This really is a shame. Cas was really doing his job out on the court and becoming a very valuable player. I really hope he's not out for too long!

At 4:26 PM, December 30, 2007, Blogger NovaFan09 said...

Stress fractures can only be seen by x-ray after the bone has already started to heal, so that is a plus in that Drummond is already recovering. Unfortunately I predict Drummond will be out another 3 weeks, missing big games against DePaul, Cincy, and Pitt.

With that said, the worst part about an injury like this is that it limits the player's ability to stay in shape, so Casiem will have to work extra hard once he is cleared to practice to regain the stamina that has made him such a better player this year.

At 5:08 PM, December 30, 2007, Anonymous nova said...

damn we need him

At 8:00 AM, January 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Cas can keep his cardio up by swimming, or riding a bike with a big boot to relieve the stress. I would be very happy if we could get him back and in shape by MARCH....


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