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Thursday February 7, 2013 Familiar support system will help Yeguete deal with latest setback

Will's knee GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Will Yeguete’s family has never seen him play American basketball in person. That was going to change.

The Florida forward’s older brother was due in Gainesville Thursday night from France, a trip planned around this weekend’s home game against Mississippi State.

But instead of watching a game, Yeguete’s brother will arrive in time to console his younger sibling and keep him company after Yeguete undergoes surgery Friday morning.

Yeguete, the Gators’ second-leading rebounder and stellar frontcourt defender, is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery to clean out loose pieces of cartilage floating in his right knee. He’s expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

“I wanted to play in front of him, but I won’t be able to do that,” Yeguete said during UF’s practice Thursday. “The fact he’s going to be here with me through this, that’ll make things easier.”

The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder from Bordeaux, France opted to have the surgical procedure rather than shut himself down for the season after UF’s medical staff informed him it was likely he’d be available for the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments.

Yeguete missed both tournaments last year with a broken foot, so the thought of being able to take part in March Madness makes his latest run of bad news somewhat more palatable.

Only somewhat.

I can't believe this is happening, this must be a nightmare....

That was a Twitter post that went out on @Will15Yeguete’s account Wednesday night at 9:47 upon coming to terms with another crushing injury.

But at least this one is regular season-ending versus just plain season-ending.

“I am concerned because it is my knee, but I just have to stay strong and hope the surgery and everything else works out,” Yeguete said. “I’m going to try and stay positive with the way I look at this and hope the team gets back to winning and that I will be there for them.”

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