LOUDONVILLE — As originally feared, Siena College men’s basketball freshman Roman Penn is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season with a left heel injury.
In his weekly interview on 104.5 FM The Team’s “Big Board Sports” program, Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said Wednesday that the Saints will play without Penn for the final month of their season.
“Can’t play Roman. The cyst is too big in there,” Patsos said. “They’re going to have to do surgery, so he’s out.”
The school has said Penn has a “stress injury” in his left heel, which Patsos has said is related to a cyst.
“If he tried to play, it could have burst more,” Patsos said after Friday’s loss for Siena, the first game Penn missed this season because of injury. Penn also missed Monday’s loss at Fairfield.
Patsos later confirmed Penn’s likely absence from the Saints’ lineup for the rest of the season in a text message. If that holds, Siena’s best all-around player this season will finish averaging 9.7 points per game on 40.9 percent shooting, along with 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
In a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon, Patsos said it will be at least a couple weeks until the program has an official timeline for Penn’s rehabilitation. The coach, though, said he expects Penn will be ready to participate in summer workouts, perhaps as early as July 1.
Penn’s injury was formally announced shortly before last Friday’s loss against Manhattan. Early that day, Penn had gone to the hospital to get an X-ray on his left foot after feeling “instant pain” while he had been relaxing.
“It’s crazy how it happened,” Penn said. “It just happened out of nowhere.”
Siena next plays Thursday at Canisius, a team the Saints defeated 65-62 earlier this season.
The Saints, 7-18 overall, are tied for last place in the MAAC with a 3-9 mark.