Center Engstrom out for the season

Basketball coach Anthony Grant is already down to nine scholarship players for the rest of the season.

TUSCALOOSA _ The University of Alabama’s small roster of scholarship players for this year got a little smaller Wednesday morning when men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant announced that junior center Carl Engstrom will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The 7-foot Swede had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Engstrom sustained the injury against Cincinnati on Dec. 1.

“We are disappointed to lose Carl for the remainder of the season,” Grant said in a release. “Carl is a very valuable member of our team and will be greatly missed. However, the hard work and determination that he has displayed throughout his career will also assist him going forward as he rehabs and prepares to continue his career next season. We are fortunate to have an outstanding medical team that will assist him during this process.”

Engstrom, who does appear to be a medical redshirt candidate, played in seven games this season, with three starts, averaging 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds over 12.6 minutes, and made seven blocks.

Surgery was performed by Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

Without Engstrom, Alabama is down to nine scholarship, and two post, players, with its only senior Andrew Steele out after aggravating a groin injury that Grant disclosed last week could be a sports hernia.

Alabama visits VCU on Saturday ( 3 p.m., CBS College Sports).

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