Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey talked about the injuries suffered by the Irish, including an update on Bonzie Colson
A recurring theme during the most recent ACC Teleconference for Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey was revolving around injuries. Brey was able to give updates on Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell and D.J. Harvey.
It was made very clear that Colson will not be back before eight weeks. Colson, who has been out since the beginning of the year, is expected to return to the exercise bike this week.
While continuing to rehab and heal, it’s still up in the air in Colson will ever play another game for the Irish. But, Mike Brey is eyeing his return for the ACC Tournament.
"“Realistically, if we get him back, we’d have back for Brooklyn, and maybe we’ll have the team we had in Maui ready to go in Brooklyn. I by no means want to jeopardize his professional future by rushing him back.”"
Fingers crossed if Notre Dame is able to get Colson back on the court, by that time the Irish should be full strength.
Matt Farrell recently returned to the court. The three games Farrell missed resulted in two losses by a combined eight points. Surprisingly, after playing in the last two contests, Farrell still is not 100 percent.
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"“I’d say his ankle is about 90 percent and then we’re almost playing him back into the game condition.”"
Getting Farrell to this point was crucial. Having the bye-week gives him time to rest his ankle and get back to game speed. For Irish fans, knowing that the last two performances from the senior was not at 100 percent should be a huge relief.
Despite his 23-points against Louisville, Farrell only shot 32 percent from the field. His performance versus Clemson was one to forget. In yet another close game he accounted for only six points on two-of-eleven shooting.
D.J. Harvey was the most recent Notre Dame player to go down.
"“That’s another body you’d love to have in Bonzie’s absence. The bone bruise is four weeks and maybe a little earlier than mid-February. He’s making progress, but it’s going to be a little while. We could use that body back.”"
The freshman only played seven minutes against Louisville before suffering his bone bruise. Expected to be back by mid-February, Harvey should be in game condition heading into the ACC Tournament.
A week off is exactly what Notre Dame needs after dropping the last four games. The Irish will take this week to regroup before Saturday’s contest against Virginia Tech.