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Patrik Auda misses Senior Night with sprained ankle, should be back by weekend

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Seton Hall's revolving injury door performed another revolution tonight as Fuquan Edwin played through a bruised thumb while Patrik Auda (9.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) did not dress due to an ankle sprain he suffered against Providence.

Head coach Kevin Willard was confident both pre and post-game that the redshirt junior will be ready to return for Seton Hall's trip to Butler on Saturday afternoon. "We've got to hold Patrik Auda out tonight. He sprained the ankle of his good foot, which means he's leaning on his bad foot, which means he's putting more stress on that bone which we can't allow it to do," said Willard, who was referring to the fifth metatarsal, a bone which Auda broke two seasons ago and reaggravated in November.

The good news is that Auda is not expected to miss any extended time beyond Xavier.

"It's not serious, it'll probably take another two days for that ankle to get healthy again where he's not favoring it and he should be healthy for the Butler game and for the Big East Tournament," projected Willard.

After Seton Hall's 71-62 win over Xavier which completed a season sweep of the new league opponent, Willard added he expects Auda to be practicing with the team by Thursday.