Republished from the Jefferson City News Tribune
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri sophomore guard Wes Clark will miss the remainder of the season with a dislocated right elbow, coach Kim Anderson said Thursday in a meeting with the media.
Clark was injured diving for a ball Tuesday against South Carolina.
Clark underwent an X-ray and an MRI and will need six to eight weeks to recover, Anderson said.
“Long term, everything should be fine,” he said.
Anderson commended the doctors in Columbia, S.C., for their assistance.
Anderson said he planned on meeting with suspended freshmen Montaque Gill-Caesar and Namon Wright on Thursday and again today and will know by Saturday whether they will be reinstated after having missed two games. Freshman Tramaine Isabell, who has missed four games for behavioral reasons, has been sick but will also meet with Anderson today.
“Whether or not they play will kind of be dependent on our visit,” Anderson said. He said Clark’s absence will not affect his decision whether to reinstate the guards.
Anderson had a scary situation off the court Wednesday night. On a recruiting flight to Illinois to watch a high-school game, Anderson’s plane malfunctioned and the pilots had to make an emergency landing in St. Clair.
“All of a sudden I heard a little rumble, and I looked over and shortly thereafter, the right propeller quit propelling,” Anderson said.
When the first-year Missouri coach saw the police cars, ambulances and fire engines below, he realized how serious the situation was.
“You always see that on TV, but now you’re seeing it in person,” Anderson said.
Anderson choked up while thanking the first responders and pilots.
“It kind of puts things in perspective, I guess,” he said. “You think about what could happen. But it’s an experience that I don’t have to (have again). … It was a harrowing experience.”