Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu out indefinitely following surgery to repair torn retina

first_imgUPDATED: Dec. 17, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.Paschal Chukwu missed Syracuse’s game against Georgetown after undergoing surgery to repair a torn retina in his right eye. After Syracuse’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown, Jim Boeheim said Chukwu will be sidelined for “definitely a long time.”Against Holy Cross on Nov. 15, an errant pass from Syracuse point guard John Gillon hit Chukwu in the eye and the center wore sport goggles against Monmouth three days later as a preventative measure.The 7-foot-2 Chukwu has played in seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Jim Boeheim has repeatedly stressed that the Providence transfer is a work in progress, especially on offense, but his ability to alter shots is what has earned him playing time in his first year eligible for the Orange.After a scoreless seven minutes against Wisconsin on Nov. 29, Chukwu didn’t play against North Florida or Connecticut. He returned to the rotation against Boston University last Saturday, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking three shots in SU’s 99-77 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will honor the late Syracuse great Pearl Washington during Saturday’s game against the Hoyas, with Washington’s fiancée, mother and a handful of former teammates in attendance. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2016 at 10:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Swansea City boss Steve Cooper praises Andre Ayew after EFL Cup brace

first_imgSwansea City manager, Steve Cooper, praised “highly motivated” Andre Ayew after the Ghanaian came off the bench to bag a brace and help Swansea City reach the second round of the Carabao Cup.The Ghanaian scored his first goals for the club since May 2016 as he scored with two headers – either side of a George Byers strike – to help the Swans come from behind to beat League Two Northampton at the Liberty Stadium.Ayew recently returned to club duty having been on African Cup of Nations duty during the summer.And Cooper felt the 29-year-old had made a positive impact and will soon be in contention to feature in Championship action.“Thirty minutes, two goals, highly motivated and a good work ethic, it was good,” said Cooper.“That’s exactly what we know he can do. He’s come back into the club after the international break in very good condition.“He looks extremely motivated in training and tonight was about giving him the right amount of minutes to help him get right back up to the fitness levels to play in the league campaign.“It was a positive night in a number of ways with his inclusion.” Source: Swansea Citylast_img read more