UCLA Men's Basketball Injury Update/Nov. 1

Nov. 1, 2005

Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar - suffered a right groin strain in practice on Thursday (Oct. 27) and was held out of practice for five days (Thursday-Tuesday, the Bruins did not practice on Sunday, Oct. 30). After today's examination, Farmar, who has shown significant improvement, will continue to strengthen and receive treatment and will not practice or play the rest of this week (on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins host Canada's Carleton University in UCLA's exhibition opener).

Sophomore guard Arron Afflalo - suffered a left quadricep contusion in Saturday's practice (Oct. 29). He's listed as day-to-day, hasn't practiced this week and won't practice Wednesday. His status on Friday will be a game-day decision.

Freshman forward Alfred Aboya - had a left knee arthroscopic procedure on Oct. 12 (on Nov. 3, it will be three weeks since his surgery). Aboya was re-evaluated on Tuesday and he will not have any basketball activity for the next two weeks.

Senior center Michael Fey - before the start of practice (Oct. 14), was diagnosed with a severe groin strain (it has been four weeks since the diagnosis). He will remain out of practice, is improving and continues to rehab.

Freshman guard/forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - before the start of practice (Oct. 14) was diagnosed with sprained right shoulder. He returned to full-time practice status on Oct. 22.

Sophomore forward Josh Shipp - on Sept. 28, had an arthroscopic right hip procedure. During his initial rehabilitation, he was on crutches for almost a month (came off of crutches on Oct. 26). Shipp is approximately seven-eight weeks away from playing.

Redshirt Freshman Walkon Joey Ellis - On Oct. 7, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and could be out for 12 weeks.

Bruin Head Coach Ben Howland-
    'Obviously the rash of injuries has been frustrating for the players involved and our team. But, as I've said before, if we had to have injuries - better now, than in mid-December when we open the conference.
   &nbsp'The fact that some players will not open the season- will give significant playing time and experience to others, which should pay off down the road.
   &nbsp'By Dec. 1, we hope that all our players, with the exception of Josh Shipp, will be participating in practice as our team moves forward to becoming full strength.'

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