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Report: Ayo Dosunmu out indefinitely after breaking nose

The Illini will be without their star momentarily.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Michigan State Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Ayo Dosunmu will likely miss multiple games after breaking his nose during Tuesday’s loss to Michigan State, according to multiple reports, including The Athletic.

The Athletic reports Dosunmu has been fitted for a mask. The team confirmed Thursday afternoon that Dosunmu had suffered a “facial injury” and will not return against Nebraska on Thursday night for his pseudo-Senior Night. Dosunmu is widely expected to declare for the NBA Draft once again after this season and be picked.

“Ayo is eager to play,” said head coach Brad Underwood in a statement. “We are hopeful for his return to the lineup.”

In the below video, you can see when Dosunmu was hurt against the Spartans. The play was called for a Flagrant 2 and Mady Sissoko was ejected.

After playing the Big Ten’s worst team on Thursday (Nebraska, a team that Illinois notably needed Dosunmu to beat just two weeks ago), the Illini finish the regular season with a gauntlet of road games. They play Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Saturday before roadies against No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State next week before the Big Ten Tournament.

Let’s hope Ayo is able to get back on the court and be himself soon.