Just five games into the season, injuries have already taken their toll on the Seton Hall Pirates.
After a seemingly anonymous limp to the Seton Hall locker room in the second half against Maine, it looked like Patrik Auda would return shortly. Instead, the 6-foot-9 junior forward from the Czech Republic has played his last minutes for Seton Hall this season. Brendan Prunty of the Star-Ledger is reporting that x-rays have confirmed the worst fear for Pirate fans: Patrik has broken the 5th metatarsal bone in his right foot. Auda is expected to miss the remainder of the season and receive a medical redshirt from Kevin Willard. Patrik will undergo surgery next week to repair the break in his foot.
Patrik Auda joins fellow forward Brandon Mobley as the second Pirate to succumb to injury in this young season. Unfortunately, both players happen to play the same position, power forward, which will need to be taken over by either Fuquan Edwin or Brian Oliver against Saint Peter's on Sunday afternoon. On the bright side, Mobley is expected to be able to play against Louisiana State next Thursday. Brandon suffered a hyperextended knee and bone bruise in the opening minutes against Washington at Mohegan Sun.
This injury certainly hurts Seton Hall's depth at the four. Patrik Auda had started the season averaging nearly 8 points and 4 rebounds per game while eating up 28 minutes of action per game. Without Auda backing up Brandon Mobley at power forward, Kevin Willard will need to get creative and play a small lineup when Mobley is not on the court. This bodes well for wing Haralds Karlis, who has only seen 8 minutes per game so far, half of his average from last season.
On the positive side of things, Patrik will still be a Pirate two seasons from now.