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Arkansas’ Eric Musselman to miss games after surgery

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Arkansas

Jan 12, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman reacts to a call in the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Bud Walton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas announced head coach Eric Musselman had shoulder surgery and is expected to miss at least two games, starting at LSU.

Assistant Keith Smart will serve as interim coach.

A statement from Musselman’s doctor said he was injured on a collision with a player, and an MRI confirmed he had torn tendons and would require surgery. The plan to use daily physical therapy, treatment and a steroid injection to delay the surgery didn’t ease the pain or stabilize the shoulder. Surgery was chosen to limit the risk of further injury.

Arkansas is off to an 11-5 start, including a 1-3 record in Southeastern Conference play.