[stextbox id=”alert”]Deseree Byrd, the starting point guard on the University of Louisville women’s  basketball team, is expected to undergo knee surgery in early December which would sideline her for the rest of the season.

Coach Jeff Walz told Card Game’s Sonja Sykes that Byrd will play in the opening home game Sunday against Tennessee Tech at Freedom Hall and will travel to Cancun for the Caribbean Challenge Tournament on Thanksgiving weekend. “We will see how she does after that but it looks like she will have to have surgery early December that will keep her out for the year,” he said.

Byrd has been visibly slowed by the knee injury that incurred late last season in her team’s march to the NCAA championship game, won by UConn. She played less than 25 minutes in each of U of L’s first two games. The Lady Cards are 1-1.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “Injury Expected To Sideline Dez Byrd”
  1. It is a shame that she might have to sit. I know she is one of your favorites, Sonja and all we can do is just hope for a speedy and complete recovery if she has the surgery.

  2. I do think Tise will continue to play her way into shape and be a solid contributor for the Cards. As for Dez, unfortunately…injuries are a part of college athletics. Here’s hoping hers is repaired and she comes back stronger than ever.

  3. So sorry to hear about Dez. She has been through a lot and just refuses to quit. U of L will be a stronger team with her back next season. Now we need to hope Tise gets better or risk having to make this a rebuilding season.

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