Horace Spencer (above) has been a key performer for the past two seasons.
Coach Bruce Pearl said on Monday that the six-foot-eight Spencer will be sidelined for four months.
He is averaging 4.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game for the Tigers, who will be back in action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CST with a home contest vs. Florida.
“Horace is one of our toughest players,” Pearl said. “He is a fighter and he is not afraid. He is a really good teammate.
“Horace has got a little bit of mother hen and big brother in him,” Pearl said. “He is a bit of a protector. Health has been an issue for Horace. After his first year he was out for four months with a knee (injury). He is going to be out four months with a shoulder. That is tough.
“Those guys need that offseason,” the coach said. “He didn’t have it last year...He had no chance to train. We didn’t get him until mid-September and then he is coming off a knee injury so he is really not quite back to where he was.”
Spencer played in 19 games and started 12 this season for the Tigers, who are 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the SEC heading into their ame vs. Florida, which is 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the league.
Pearl said playing without Spencer makes his team’s challenge a larger one vs. the Gators and other teams on the schedule. “We miss the stability, we miss the toughness, we miss our brother,” he said.