Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson said that the Stags may have to be ready to play without junior Amadou Sidibe for the remainder of the season.
The junior, who has been battling a tendonitis injury, did not dress on Saturday after playing five minutes in the Stags’ loss to Niagara on Thursday. It was the first time the 6’8” Sidibe played since missing games against Quinnipiac and Manhattan.
“With Amadou, it’s been a good two months now, where he’s been dealing with the tendonitis,” Johnson said. “One day he feels good, one day he doesn’t, so to be honest I don’t know how much we’ll see of Amadou, but we’ll see these next couple of days.”
Sidibe ranks fourth on the team, averaging six points per game and leads the team in rebounding (7 rpg) in the 23 games he has played this season.
“It’s just been that type of frustrating ordeal for him and certainly for us because we need him,” Johnson said adding that he will practice some days followed by having setbacks. The junior battled injuries all throughout last season, but as Johnson said was “playing some of the best basketball of his career” until his latest setback.
Freshman Jerome Segura missed Saturday’s win, but Johnson said that the 5’10” point guard will be ready for the team’s road trip to Buffalo.
“Jerome is day to day,” Johnson said. “I think the prognosis for Jerome playing is greater because his injury has been less, not severe, but less permanent.”
Fairfield closes the MAAC regular season with games at Canisius and at Niagara.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.