Michael Frazier suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half against Kentucky on Saturday night. He tried to return in the second half, and even though Florida coach Billy Donovan said he appreciated the junior guard trying to fight through it, he was hurting the Gators on the floor.
Frazier was in a boot on Monday and wasn’t going to practice.
“My feeling is that he'll be out right now,” Donovan said. “He's not practicing today and I would say he's probably definitely out Thursday."
There’s no timetable for when Frazier will be able to return for Florida. Donovan said it could be a couple of weeks, or it could be just a few days. It all depends on how his ankle responds to the treatment from Florida trainers.
After Thursday’s game, Florida will have a quick turnaround. The Gators travel to College Station to face Texas A&M on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
“How long he'll be out is really hard with these things, because of there's not a lot of swelling in a high-ankle sprain,” Donovan said. “The how severity or how bad it is, we're not really quite sure yet other than to say that when he met with the trainer and the doctor, I guess the area was really tender, one of the indications of a high-ankle sprain now.”
With Frazier in the game against Kentucky, the Gators delivered the first punch to open the game. He looked like he was in a rhythm with his shot and had 10 points in 23 minutes, going 3-4 from the field and 2-3 from long range, making both of his free throws. Frazier also has an active streak of 33 straight made free throws.
For a Florida team that is having trouble scoring points this season, missing Frazier would severely hurt the Gators’ chances against Ole Miss.
"We'll need some other guys to contribute, help,” Donovan said. “Hopefully guys like Devin Robinson, Chiozza, certainly for them on the perimeter will have more of an opportunity, if Michael's not playing, than they had previously."