The Wildcats will be left without one of their most experienced forwards for the time being.
Northwestern will be without Falzon indefinitely.
For the third season in a row, Northwestern forward Aaron Falzon will have his season impeded by an injury.
On Friday, head coach Chris Collins confirmed Falzon’s left ankle injury that has been reported, but was unable to provide a date for his return.
“Yeah, right now [Falzon’s] dealing with an ankle injury,” said Collins after his team’s 83-44 exhibition win over McKendree. “He’s out indefinitely, and hopefully, for Aaron, it’s sooner rather than later — we just don’t know. I feel for him because he’s a gym rat, he works, he wants to be part of it, he’s a great teammate.”
Falzon’s injury history dates back to 2016, when he was forced to redshirt his sophomore season, undergoing season-ending knee surgery after playing in just three games.
Last season, Falzon came off the bench for the majority of his 28 appearances, starting in just ten games. While Collins would object to the differentiation between starting and coming off the bench, Falzon’s lack of starts had a lot to do with nagging hip and back injuries.
“He’s had a rough go, physically, with injuries,” said Collins. “We’re gonna get him healthy, we’re gonna get him right and hopefully put him in a position in the not too near future to get him back out there with his teammates — but I’m not sure how long that’s going to be.”
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune was the first to make note of Falzon’s ailment last week. Before Friday night’s game, Falzon could be seen pregame in street clothes, donning a boot on his left leg.
Including the current season, Falzon has two remaining years of NCAA eligibility.
Falzon established himself as a valuable contributor in his freshman season, in which the 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward started 29 of 32 games, averaging 8.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
While Falzon’s presence will be missed, it was reassuring to see that each member of Northwestern’s contingent of forwards — Vic Law, Miller Kopp, A.J. Turner, and Pete Nance — turned in an impressive performance in the team’s blowout win over McKendree.
The Wildcats will play their first non-conference game of the 2018-19 season on Nov. 8 against New Orleans.