KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Kansas sophomore guard Sherron Collins, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks' leading scorer in their first two games, will be out at least six weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.
Coach Bill Self told The Associated Press the 5-foot-11 Collins visited the doctor after experiencing pain in the foot on Monday and X-rays revealed the fracture. During Sunday night's game against Missouri-Kansas City, Collins rolled an ankle but was thought to be OK after he returned to the play.
The fracture was in the fifth metatarsal of the left foot.
``He didn't know he was hurt,'' Self said.
The Jayhawks (2-0) already are without All-Big 12 guard Brandon Rush, who is recovering from knee surgery and expected back around Dec. 1.
``What they think is that what happened last night triggered the pain. We have no idea when the original injury happened,'' Self said.
``The doctor said he could probably have taken time off and let it heal on its own, but there's a better chance it wouldn't heal on its own. I asked the doctor what was the best-case scenario and he said, 'Bill, we do these things all the time and it's six weeks regardless. Just plan on it being six weeks.'''
Collins averaged 16 points the first two games. At the urging of coaches, he had gotten his weight down to about 200 pounds, the lightest since arriving on campus as a freshman.
The plan will be for Collins to take two or three weeks off and then slowly ease back into practice.
``The pounding, the punishment of actual games will take about six weeks,'' Self said.
``He looks so much faster than he was last year. He's really been looking good. I'm confident he'll do what he needs to do in these next few weeks and keep the weight off.''
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