Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators' Wright Knocked out of Lineup; Surgery Next

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators' Wright Knocked out of Lineup; Surgery Next

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GAINESVILLE -- Brent Wright is going to play havoc with airport metal detectors.

The University of Florida forward is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right thumb today to stabilize a fracture near a knuckle, an injury Wright suffered in the first half of Saturday's game against Arkansas. Wright will have screws inserted into the thumb on his shooting hand and will miss today's game at LSU. His availability for Florida's remaining five games is uncertain.

"All I know right now is he's got a broken thumb," UF coach Billy Donovan said of Wright, who missed four games earlier this season with a stress fracture in his right foot. "We will not know the extent of the injury, how long he'll be out, until after surgery."

The extent of the damage to Wright's thumb was not known until yesterday morning. Arkansas' Dionisio Gomez banged Wright's hand during the first half of Florida's 73-63 victory at the O'Connell Center on Saturday, but Wright played the rest of the game with tape on his thumb. The injury was announced as a bruised thumb following the game.

Wright practiced on Sunday, but the swelling and pain did not decrease following treatment Sunday night. Donovan said Wright asked to see Florida team physician Pete Indelicato yesterday morning. An X-ray revealed the fracture, and the surgery was scheduled for this morning.

The loss of Wright, averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, means forward Matt Bonner (12.8 ppg., 7.3 rpg.) moves back into the starting lineup. Bonner filled in for Wright earlier this season when Wright missed four games after having a screw inserted into his right foot to stabilize the stress fracture, and the sophomore from New Hampshire averaged 13 points and 9.8 rebounds in those four games.

Wright returned to the lineup against Auburn on Jan. 24, but did not start until Saturday's game. He posted double doubles in his last two games (11 points, 10 rebounds vs. Kentucky; 14 points, 10 rebounds vs. Arkansas). …

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