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Sean Miller: Rawle Alkins’ healing process is ‘just about over’

Utah v Arizona

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 27: Rawle Alkins #1 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts on the bench during the second half of the college basketball game against the Utah Utes at McKale Center on January 27, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats beat the Utes 74-73. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

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Arizona’s Rawle Alkins has not reinjured the surgically-repaired broken foot that sidelined him for the first part of the season.

He’s missed three of the last four games, but it’s because the screw that is currently in his foot is causing him soreness.

That’s it, or so says Sean Miller.

“He doesn’t have a fracture of any kind. We’ve given him a cat scan and MRI and an X-ray,” Miller said. “His bone is healing. In some parts of it, it’s completely healed and in others, it’s good healing but when a player has a foot like his that’s been surgically repaired and he runs into some discomfort all of a sudden, you really just have to shut him down.”

“He broke his fifth metatarsal. He had a screw inserted, which is really common. There’s a ton of NBA players who have played years, almost decades, and as long as it heals properly sometimes you can make the case that it’s even stronger. But yes, there’s nothing going on with that (screw). The X-ray would have shown that. Everything that was surgically done was 100 percent done correctly and his healing process is just about over.”

That is good news for Arizona, although the Wildcats have now won six straight games, including all three in which Alkins did not play.