Laurence Bowers injury: Missouri star could have sprained MCL

Jamie Squire

The Tigers forward had to leave the tail end of their game against Alabama on Tuesday.

Laurence Bowers made a difficult recovery from tearing his ACL before the start of last season. Now, Missouri fans will have to hold their breath to hope his latest knee scare is only a minor issue.

Bowers injured his knee in the final minutes of their 84-68 win over Alabama.

After the game, Tigers coach Frank Haith told CBS Sports that he thought it was probably a sprained MCL:

"It could be a couple weeks," Haith said. "It just depends how severe the sprain is. We'll know tomorrow how long he'll be out."

Bowers' versatility upfront has been a huge part of No. 10 Missouri's strong start this season. He is averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds on 57/53/67 shooting.

The Tigers were expected to compete for an SEC title in their first year in the conference, but they'll be hard-pressed to do so if Bowers has to miss too much of the regular season. The Tigers aren't particularly deep: Bowers was one of 5 players who had all 84 of their points on Tuesday.

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