Thursday, December 9, 2004
Guard has torn ACL in left knee
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga guard Nathan Doudney will be
sidelined the rest of the season after tearing the anterior
cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Doudney had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed the tear, team
trainer Jennifer Nyland confirmed Thursday. He'll undergo surgery
within the next month. The normal rehabilitation period is about
nine months, the school said.
Doudney, who became eligible this season after transferring from
Texas Tech, was injured early in the second half of Tuesday's game
at Washington State when he collided with the Cougars' Chris
Schlatter in front of Gonzaga's bench.
Doudney had appeared in all seven games that No. 25 Gonzaga
(6-1) has played this season, making four starts. He was averaging
3.3 points and 1.9 assists in 19 minutes per game.
"This is unfortunate for Nathan," coach Mark Few said. "We
know he'll work hard to rehabilitate and come back even stronger
than ever next season."
Freshman Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes replaced Doudney in the
starting lineup for the past three games.
Gonzaga center Ronny Turiaf sprained an ankle in the win over
WSU, but returned in that game and is expected to play Saturday
night against Saint Louis.