Injury Bug Bites Lebo's Tigers Once Again

Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo has reasons to be concerned about his team's injury situation.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's concerns about lack of depth are not going away with the return of Quan Prowell to game action.

On Friday, Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo got bad news on an injury report that sophomore forward Lucas Hargrove broke a bone in his left hand in practice and will be out for four to six weeks.

Hargrove joins freshman Boubacar Sylla on the injured list. The 7-1 center hurt his ankle in game two and is not expected to be available for another four to six weeks due to a stress reaction the ankle suffered in practice.

Playing in all six games as a reserve, Hargrove has averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest with an average of 14.5 minutes of court time.

Boubacar Sylla

After a solid performance in the exhibition game, Sylla played just briefly before being injured in the home opener. He tried to play in Auburn's victory at Alabama State, but his lack of mobility caused Lebo to pull the center less than a minute after he got into the game.

The Tigers, who are 4-2, are off until Saturday, Dec. 15th when they will play Southern University at The Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

The Tigers are currently focusing on fall semester exams and trying to bounce back from an embarrassing 88-59 loss to West Virginia in the Pizza Hut Big/East Challenge in Birmingham on Wednesday night. That game marked the return of Prowell, who missed the exhibition game and the first five games due to a suspension. A key player on last season's team, Prowell was ineffective vs. West Virginia.

"I feel badly for both Lucas and Boubacar," said Lebo, who is also missing junior forward Josh Dollard, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury. Prior to the season Lebo announced that Dollard would not play until the 2008-2009 season due to a medical redshirt that was not related to his current injury which he suffered in a workout.

Compounding the depth problems is that senior guard Archie Miaway is academically ineligible and also trying to overcome a knee problem.

"These injuries severely limit what we can do as a team," Lebo said.

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