Musa Jallow will miss the opening of the 2019-20 season.
On Thursday afternoon, an Ohio State spokesman announced Jallow will have an arthroscopic procedure on his right ankle on Friday that will keep him out indefinitely.
Ohio State junior guard Musa Jallow will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right ankle Friday. He will be out indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/wplDNe1xt4— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) October 17, 2019
Jallow, a junior, had been battling an ankle injury that has limited him during Ohio State's preseason practices. He initially was held out of practices, which began a few weeks ago, but had recently returned to action as a non-contact participant. During the 30-minute window of practice open to reporters on Wednesday, he went through each drill.
Holtmann called Jallow's injury a “day-to-day thing” on Wednesday.
“It's really an unknown right now as to what his availability will be at the start of the season. I couldn't tell you,” Holtmann said on Wednesday. “The wing position is something that we're kind of after Andre (Wesson) we're trying to figure out a little bit, to be quite honest with you. But we're not going to rush him back. It's not in his best interest.”
As a sophomore last season, Jallow averaged 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line in 15 minutes per game. He started 13-of-35 games for the Buckeyes.
With Jallow possibly missing action and Justin Ahrens still working his way back to full health, Ohio State could find itself relying more than expected on freshman forwards E.J. Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney.
Ohio State opens the season at home against Cincinnati on Nov. 6.