Killian Tillie suffered a partially torn ligament in his right foot in the game against San Francisco on Thursday and will be out for the near future, Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review reported.
Killian Tillie suffered a torn ligament in right foot. Timeline for recovery is uncertain. Won't require surgery.— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) February 10, 2019
It is yet another setback for the junior forward, who missed the first half of the season recovering from an ankle injury. This follows his hip injury that booted him from the Zags’ loss to Florida State in the Sweet 16 last year.
TIllie was taking some time to ease back into the Gonzaga system, averaging six points per game in just over 17 minutes. Without Tillie, we can expect to see freshman Filip Petrusev get meaningful minutes again. Petrusev opened the season filling in nicely for Tillie, averaging around 15 minutes per game. When TIllie returned, Petrusev’s minutes vanished.
On paper, this injury hurts, and you hate to see Tillie on the sideline yet again. Realistically, the Zags weathered the storm without Tillie pretty nicely so far this season, thanks to the rocket blast emergence of Brandon Clarke. Tillie’s ability to shoot from the outside as well as his rebounding prowess is something Gonzaga could still use, and hopefully, he will be back before March Madness begins.