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Steele to have second arthroscopic surgery on left knee

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama point guard Ronald Steele will
undergo a second arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday,
but is expected to recover in time for the upcoming season, coach
Mark Gottfried said.

Steele, who had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in April,
will be operated on by Drs. Lyle Cain and James Andrews in
Birmingham. It is a follow-up procedure to the earlier operation
for the senior.

"My first concern is Ron Steele and my hope is that he will be
100 percent at some point in the near future," Gottfried said.
"It's disappointing yet at the same time encouraging that
hopefully this will give him a conclusion to this process."

A preseason All-American last year, Steele's statistics dropped
off considerably and he missed six games with the knee problems.