Coach Marty Simmons said Monday that UE senior Ned Cox aggravated a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot during the Aces’ game Saturday at Wright State.
The guard’s status is day to day moving forward, and there’s a chance the injury won’t affect playing time for the Aces’ second-leading scorer when UE travels to first-place Missouri Valley Conference opponent Wichita State on Wednesday.
“I think it’s more wait-and-see, but that’s certainly our hope,” Simmons said. “That may be a little bit of a stretch, but just talking to our trainers and doctors, that he’s made considerable improvement since he actually strained it on Saturday.”
Plantar fasciitis, according to the Mayo Clinic, “involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.”
Cox, one of just two Aces players to start every UE game this season, left first half of Saturday’s win at Wright State and didn’t return after scoring six points in nine minutes.
“I just know that he came down on his foot, felt some sharp pain, and the next thing I knew — as you saw — he went to his knees and they were helping him off the floor,” Simmons said.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard is UE’s second-leading scorer this season at 11.4 points per game.
Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, and it’s something Simmons said Cox has dealt with for much of this season. Simmons further described Saturday’s injury as a strain.
“He’s responded pretty well to treatment, and we’ll just have to see how he continues to progress,” Simmons said. “It’s something, obviously, that you wish wouldn’t happen to anybody, but especially to a young man like Ned being a senior and coming down the stretch.”