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Nova’s Drummond breaks ankle, to have surgery Tuesday

Villanova center Casiem Drummond suffered a broken right ankle in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round win over Siena and will undergo surgery Tuesday, ending his season.

Villanova center Casiem Drummond suffered a broken right ankle in Sunday's NCAA Tournament second-round win over Siena and will undergo surgery Tuesday, ending his season.

The injury is unrelated to the stress fracture in the same ankle that sidelined Drummond earlier this season.

In December, the 6-10 center was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the right ankle that forced him to miss nine of 10 games from Dec. 14 to Jan. 26. He returned to the lineup at Pittsburgh on Jan. 30 before incurring further problems that sidelined him from Feb. 23 to March 5.

"We are very disappointed for Casiem," Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "He has struggled with injuries all season and now he has incurred a new one. We are proud of his toughness and commitment. We all will support him in overcoming this latest injury."

Drummond began the season in the starting lineup and notched a career-high 17 rebounds in a loss to North Carolina State in the finals of the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 25. He made nine starts in 21 appearances this season, averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. *

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