ATHENS - The injury woes continue for the Georgia men's basketball team, which will be missing another key player Tuesday against South Carolina.
Sophomore guard J.J. Frazier will miss the game with a concussion and two other injuries, the team announced on Monday night. Frazier also has a fracture to the orbital bone around his eye, the result of taking an elbow during the second half of Saturday's loss to Auburn. And he has been playing the past week with a hairline fracture in his left hand.
Frazier will be able to play once he's cleared from the concussion protocol, head coach Mark Fox indicated, as he can play with a face mask to protect the facial injury.
Frazier is Georgia's fifth-leading scorer this year, with 10.3 points per game. He has started at point guard the past 10 games with fellow sophomore Juwan Parker nursing an achilles injury.
"It's certainly not good news, but we're going to have to rally up with the guys we have left and try to win," Fox said on his radio show Monday night.
Parker, meanwhile, has been practicing in an effort to return to the court. There appears a chance he could play as soon as Tuesday's game.
The team has also been without sophomore small forward Kenny Paul Geno for the past 11 games. Geno broke his wrist the first week of SEC play, but is also moving closer to a return.
Assuming Parker isn't healthy enough to start, the two most likely candidates to replace Frazier in the starting lineup are small forward Cam Forte (with Charles Mann sliding back to point guard) or Taylor Echols at guard. Another option is to start Yante Maten in the post and slide Nemanja Djurisic to small forward.
Frazier is the third Georgia player to suffer a concussion this year. Marcus Thornton, the leading scorer and rebounder, missed two games with one, including the loss at South Carolina. Freshman forward Yante Maten missed one game with a concussion as well.
Georgia has had a total of 21 missed games because of injury or illness this season, and that doesn't include starting guard Kenny Gaines being limited earlier int he season because of mononucleosis.
The Bulldogs (16-8 overall, 7-5 in the SEC) host South Carolina at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.