Florida State forward Malik Osborne will miss remainder of season with ankle injury
Florida State star Malik Osborne will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season with an ankle injury, the program announced on Friday evening.
Osborne has been battling the injury in recent weeks. Coach Leonard Hamilton told reporters on Friday morning that he may need season-ending surgery. Hours later, his status was confirmed by the program.
It’s a huge loss for Florida State, who is coming off a bad loss to Georgia Tech in the mid-week. The Seminoles are still fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth, but can’t afford any more damaging losses.
Osborne is averaging 10 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for Florida State. So far this season, he’s been the team’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer.
In his absence, Florida State will need more of an impact from players like Wyatt Wilkes, John Butler and Matthew Cleveland. Of that trio, Cleveland is the only player currently averaging more than 20 minutes per game.
Florida State faces Virginia Tech at home in a must-win game on Saturday. Tipoff is at 3:00 p.m. ET.