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Tide’s Steele to undergo surgery again

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

Alabama point guard Ronald Steele will undergo arthriscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, according to a university release.

Dr. Lyle Cain and Dr. James Andrews will conduct the procedure at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.

The release said that the surgery is a follow-up procedure to the one that was performed April 3 to repair small cartilage defects in both knees. He is expected to be available for the basketball season.

“No. 1, my first concern is Ron Steele, and my hope is that he will be 100 percent at some point in the near future,” Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. “It’s disappointing yet at the same time encouraging that hopefully this will give him a conclusion to this process.”

A preseason All-American last year, Steele was hobbled by his troublesome knees throughout the season. In addition, he also sprained an ankle in December.

He finished the year with 8.6 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. That was a drop from his previous season’s totals of 14.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

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