Gophers forward Isaiah Ihnen suffers season-ending knee injury

Ihnen was one of two players returning for next season.
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Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Isaiah Ihnen suffered a major left knee injury in practice and will undergo season-ending surgery according to head coach Ben Johnson.

Ihnen was expected to battle for a starting role after averaging 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 29 games last season. With the injury, it's another blow for the Gophers who now have Eric Curry as the team's lone holdover from last year's roster.

The Gophers lost 10 players to the transfer portal after former head coach Richard Pitino was fired last March. While Johnson has brought in seven transfers of his own, Parker Fox suffered a torn ACL of his own last month and will also miss the 2021-22 season.

"We are obviously disappointed for Isaiah, as he made great strides not only as a player but also as a leader this summer," Johnson said via Gophers Guru's Daniel House. "As a valuable member of the team, we will be with him every step of his recovery and can't wait to have him back next year."

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