By Jeff Goodman
Erik Murphy could be back within the week.
Florida's junior forward won't need surgery on his knee, according to Gators coach Billy Donovan, after it was determined that there was no further damage to his meniscus from an injury he sustained back in high school.
"The meniscus tear was from when he hurt it his sophomore year in high school," Donovan told CBSSports.com. "It looks like this was just a bone bruise."
The 6-foot-10 Murphy, who started the first four games and averaged 10 points per contest, injured the knee in practice last week and missed wins against Jacksonville and Stetson.
Will Yeguete started in Murphy's place and averaged nine points and 10 boards in the two games.
"We're hoping to have him back in a week to 10 days," Donovan said.
Florida plays at Syracuse Friday. There's a chance Murphy could play against Arizona on Dec. 7 in Gainesville.
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