Mickey probable for Saturday game at Arkansas

Coach Johnny Jones confirmed Thursday that sophomore Jordan Mickey is dealing with pain in his left shoulder, leaving him probable for the Tigers' big game in Fayetteville Saturday afternoon.

When LSU (21-9, 10-7) travels to Fayetteville this weekend for an important game against Arkansas (23-6, 12-4), one of the Tigers' best players is likely to be at less than full strength.

Sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, the nation's leading shot-blocker with 3.7 rejections a game, has a sore left shoulder, injured during a fall Wednesday night with 6:44 to go in the second half of LSU's 78-63 home loss to Tennessee.

Mickey, who powered through contact on the play to finish a dunk, remained on the floor for several moments before finally managing to get to his feet. The Dallas native has been seen with his left arm in a sling multiple times since the ballgame ended.

On Thursday head coach Johnny Jones deemed Mickey probable for the game Saturday (1 p.m., ESPN) against the Razorbacks.

"I'm thinking so," Jones said on Mickey's availability for the regular season finale. "Not sure. He should be able to get back if treated properly."

LSU is likely in need of one more win, and possibly two, to solidify a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.

For the season Mickey is averaging 16.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.

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