Richmond basketball player Alonzo Nelson-Ododa was seen wearing an eyepatch at Wednesday night's game against VCU, raising concern among fans about the severity of an eye injury he suffered Feb. 8 during a game against Rhode Island.
Nelson-Ododa underwent successful surgery Feb. 9 to repair a fractured bone around his right eye, according to a Richmond Athletics press release. He was declared out indefinitely following the surgery, but the Spiders' three-game win streak overshadowed his absence until Wednesday night, when fans saw him wearing the eyepatch.
It is unknown when Nelson-Ododa will be healthy enough to play. The Spiders have won four of five games since he was injured though, including signature wins against George Washington and VCU.
Nelson-Ododa was averaging seven points per game, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks before suffering the injury.
We will update this story as information becomes available regarding Nelson-Ododa's health and readiness to play.
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