Report: Florida’s John Egbunu could need another knee surgery

It has been nearly a year since John Egbunu tore his ACL, but newly revealed information says he made need another procedure.

Kevin Brockway of GatorSports.com spoke with Florida trainer Dave Werner, who said another trip to the operating table isn’t out of the question.

Florida men’s basketball trainer Dave Werner still holds out hope that Egbunu could still return before the end of the season, but admits he could need a second procedure on the surgically repaired knee either before or at the end of the season.

Egbunu’s date for return was set for last month, but he had yet to return to the court in a game. He was participating in non-contact drills as early as last week. Florida coach Mike White had a cautious optimism, but also said he wasn’t sure Egbunu would be back this season.

“I wouldn’t consider it a setback,” White said last week. “It’s probably more normalcy with regard to an ACL, but he tried to do some non-contact stuff yesterday and he got a little sore,” White said. “… So who knows how long this process will be of acclimation for him.”

Kevarrius Hayes and Keith Stone have done most of the heavy lifting in Egbunu’s place. Stone has started 23 games and averaged 8.2 points per game while Hayes has grabbed an average of 5.1 rebounds while starting 18 games.

Florida (17-8, 8-4 SEC) is coming off a win over South Carolina and plays Georgia Wednesday night at home.

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