From AJC correspondent Andy Johnston in Athens:
Georgia coach Mark Fox said this afternoon that forward Trey Thompkins is doubtful for Thursday’s game against Notre Dame in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Thompkins is out with a high right ankle sprain and hasn’t practiced since late October for the Bulldogs (3-0), who won their first road game since March 2009 with a 61-59 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday.
Thompkins spoke to the media Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle and said he hasn’t been cleared to practice.
“Progress is great,” Thompkins said. “I’m starting to run and cut and things like that, so I should be back on the court sometime soon. I can’t give you a definite answer.”
Junior forward Connor Nolte, who has started all three games this season, broke his nose in the first half of Saturday’s victory and was being fitted Monday for a mask to protect his nose.
Fox said Nolte will play in this week’s tournament and then have surgery. He’ll be able to play with a mask after surgery.