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UConn Men’s Basketball: Mamadou Diarra Out 4-6 Months After Knee Surgery

Another setback for the redshirt sophomore.

UConn's Mamadou Diarra (21) with the slam dunk.
UConn’s Mamadou Diarra (21) with the slam dunk.
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On Monday evening, the UConn men’s basketball team announced redshirt sophomore Mamadou Diarra underwent successful surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. Diarra suffered the injury last week during basketball workouts and is expected to miss four-to-six months.

“The surgery went very well and there were no surprises,” James Doran, UConn’s athletic trainer, said in a press release. “Mamadou will begin rehab immediately and we would expect him to make a full recovery.”

The Queens, New York native sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to thinning of the cartilage in his knees that caused chronic swelling and soreness, also known as patellofemoral syndrome. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in just over 10 minutes per game for the Huskies in his first year of action last season.