Louisville junior forward Jared Swopshire likely is out for the season.
"He’s probably going to be done for the year," Louisville coach Rick Pitino told FOXSports.com's Jeff Goodman on Wednesday morning. "He’s going to get a second opinion, but it looks like he’s going to need surgery."
Swopshire started 20 games last season, and was Louisville's leading returning scorer and rebounder. But the St. Louis native hasn't played a minute this season for the 11-1 Cardinals after suffering an abductor (groin) injury during the preseason.
Pitino told Goodman that Swopshire will consult a specialist about the injury.
"I’m worried about this long term," Pitino said. "There’s been no improvement and it could be career-threatening."
Pitino said last week that he wouldn't redshirt Swopshire if he can't play this season because Louisville doesn't have the scholarship available for an extra season.
Louisville plays No. 11 Kentucky Friday at the KFC Yum! Center.