Walsh out 4-6 weeks

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 3:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 3:35 p.m.

Matt Walsh's ankle injury was worse than originally feared.

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Matt Walsh in a game against Eastern Kentucky.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun

Walsh suffered partial ligament damage to his left ankle and will be likely out 4-6 weeks, Florida coach Billy Donovan confirmed Wednesday.

An MRI Tuesday night revealed a tear to the syndesmotic ligament, which connects major bones in his left ankle. Walsh injured the ankle in practice Dec. 30 and sat out Florida's 82-69 loss Sunday to Florida State.

Walsh, a junior 6-foot-6 shooting guard, ended December as Florida's leading scorer, averaging 16.0 per game. He was a second-team All-SEC guard last season, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Walsh had started all 74 games in his Florida career prior to the injury.

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