Johnson Undergoes Ankle Surgery
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – 2000 SEC Newcomer of the Year and Arkansas sophomore-to-be Joe Johnson has undergone surgery to repair a dislocated tendon in his left ankle it was announced on Thursday by Head Basketball Trainer Dave England. The surgery was performed on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark.
Johnson injured the ankle on July 18, while practicing with the 2000 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team in preparation for a tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. He didn’t play in the 2000 Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) World Championship in which the USA captured silver medal honors.
“Joe will face a two-to-three month rehabilitation process,” England says. “Hopefully he will be able to practice when workouts begin on October 14. Obviously we won’t rush him. He will return to the court when he is ready to go.”
Johnson averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Razorbacks last season. The Little Rock, Ark., native earned second team freshman All-America honors, second team All-SEC recognition and was the SEC’s only unanimous selection on the All-Freshmen team.
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