The Florida Gators will not have the services of forward Alex Murphy, a key role player, until at least December.
The school announced forward Murphy has plantar fasciitis, meaning he’ll sit the next 4-6 weeks. In Florida’s exhibition win Thursday vs. Palm Beach Atlantic, Murphy injured his right foot.
“Magnetic resonance imaging tests Friday on Murphy’s right foot revealed a partial tear to the plantar fascia,” Florida said via statement.
Murphy, a senior, was unable to walk under his own power after the injury. Florida hopes Murphy can be back in time for the three-game swing against Miami, Michigan State and Oklahoma State. The timeline suggests he could miss games up until Christmas, though. Murphy averaged 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds last season, but his role is expected to increase in 2015-16.
The Gators are coached by Mike White, who took over in the spring after Billy Donovan moved on to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder. Florida’s season starts Friday night at Navy. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET, after the conclusion of the UNC-Temple game.