Jared Swopshire’s season is likely over.
``He’s probably going to be done for the year,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino told FOXSports.com on Wednesday morning. ``He’s going to get a second opinion, but it looks like he’s going to need surgery.”
The 6-foot-8 Swopshire, who averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds last season and started 20 games as a sophomore, has battled a serious groin injury that Pitino said hasn’t gotten any better.
``I’m worried about this long term,” Pitino said. ``There’s been no improvement and it could be career-threatening.”
Pitino said that Swopshire is set to see a specialist in Philadelphia.
This would be a blow to a Louisville team that has gotten off to an 11-1 start and will host Kentucky on Friday.
The Cardinals have knocked off UNLV and Butler without Swopshire, but he certainly could have given Pitino more depth heading into the Big East slate.
If Swopshire eventually gets back from the injury, it could help the Cardinals down the road. He’ll receive a medical redshirt and have two years left – which would make him eligible in 2012, when Louisville will likely have enough talent to challenge for a Big East championship.