Knock on wood.
UALR hopes to be at nearly full strength when it hosts Texas-Arlington on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center. Neighbour was injured at South Alabama on Feb. 1. He attempted to play in games on Feb. 6 vs. Georgia State and Feb. 8 vs. Western Kentucky but was not effective. So UALR put him in a protective boot and sat him out of last week’s games vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe.
“You have to credit Will’s passion to get back on the floor and help his teammates,” UALR Coach Steve Shields said. “But after going through a similar situation with James White recently, we believe rest is the best way to get him back healthy.”
Shields said when Neighbour went in for treatment on Monday, swelling had gone down enough for him to begin walking on it again.
“We’re in hopes of having him practice the latter part of this week,” Shields said.
Leroy Isler’s hamstring continues to be an issue as well. He sat out Thursday’s game at ULL but played on Saturday vs. ULM. And Mareik Isom was able to play in both games last week. He’s expected to be available this week as well.
One who won’t be back is Kemy Osse, who broke the patella bone in his knee. He’ll be out at least the next four months.
Read more of Shields' comments at www.steveshields.com.