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FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell might return for Friday’s game against Alabama-Birmingham, Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said Wednesday.
Powell, a preseason all-SEC selection, has missed Arkansas’ last two games as he continues to recover from a broken foot suffered in August. Without Powell in the lineup the Razorbacks were outrebounded 46-35 in their 66-56 win over Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday.
“We’re going to try him out (Thursday) and see where he’s at,” Pelphrey said. “It’s possible that he’ll play on Friday. Obviously coming into this week we understood he wasn’t going to play these first two games.
“We’re going to have to see how he responds Thursday. He’s been doing the things he needs to do.”
Powell, a sophomore, played in the season opener. He logged seven points and five rebounds, but ran with a significant limp in the second half. The Newport News, Va., native also missed one of the team’s two exhibition games in the preseason.
The Razorbacks (3-0) have also been without redshirt junior forward Michael Sanchez, who will miss the majority of the nonconference season with a foot injury of his own. That has left Arkansas with only Delvon Johnson and Glenn Bryant on the inside, so adding Powell would be a boost.
“We’re not the biggest team as it is,” Pelphrey said. “We’d like for him to play but has to see how it feels. He knows what he can and can’t do.
“I don’t think he 100 percent so it’s going to be some time before he gets to be the player he was last year on a day-in and day-out basis.”
Powell was a freshman all-SEC selection last season, averaging 14.1 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game.
Arkansas and UAB will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. in North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. The game will be televised by the Razorback Sports Network.
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