ATHENS — Georgia star Yante Maten won’t be available to play when his team travels to Arkansas on Saturday. But the junior forward will be there to cheer his team on.
Maten is making the trip with the team, unlike Georgia’s last road game, Feb. 23 at Alabama. The reason Maten is going isn’t because there’s any chance to play, head coach Mark Fox said, but in order to continue the rehabilitation process at Arkansas’ facilities.
Maten, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, sprained the MCL in his knee 95 seconds into Georgia’s loss to Kentucky on Feb. 18. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in the full games they’ve played without him, but Saturday’s game at Arkansas will be the toughest during this stretch. It’s also the regular season finale.
Fox, asked for an update on the chances Maten would be able to play in next week’s SEC tournament, was non-committal either way.
“Really nothing new,” Fox said Friday. “I’ll give him credit for this, he’s been a very diligent patient. He’s doing some sort of therapy, three times a day, and just try to do everything possible to get healthy. How quickly that happens, we have no idea. He continues to make a little bit of progress every day ….
“He’s got a ways to go. He’s got some benchmarks he’s got to hit until the medical people feel he’s ready to even return to practice.”