UConns Fudd to miss more time with knee injury

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UConn sophomore guard Azzi Fudd will miss more time after reinjuring her right knee Sunday against Georgetown, one game after she had returned from a 5½ week absence from the initial injury, the program announced.

No timeline was released for Fudd’s return.

The news comes after the tide appeared to be turning in the right direction for UConn (16-2), which has dealt with a host of injury and illness issues. The Huskies have two players, including 2020-21 national player of the year Paige Bueckers, who were ruled out for the season before its start because of injury. Coach Geno Auriemma also missed four games after not feeling well. Sophomore Caroline Ducharme and freshman Ayanna Patterson have also been out most of this month in concussion protocol, meaning the Huskies might have only seven available players Saturday against Butler.

No. 5 UConn’s schedule intensifies, as it hosts DePaul on Monday, travels to Tennessee for a nationally televised matchup on ESPN Thursday and take on South Carolina at home Feb. 5.

Fudd has appeared in only nine games this season, two of which were where she got hurt (Dec. 4 vs. Notre Dame) or reaggravated the injury (vs. Georgetown Sunday). Both instances occurred when another player collided into Fudd’s knee. She did not travel with the Huskies Tuesday when they beat Seton Hall 103-58 in New Jersey.

Her initial recovery timeline was 3-6 weeks, and she made her return Jan. 11 vs. St. John’s, scoring 14 points in just under 20 minutes.

Fudd previously tore her right ACL and MCL in April 2019, when she was still in high school. She was also sidelined for 11 games her freshman year with a foot issue.

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