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He’ll have surgery before Wednesday’s game against Northwestern to place a pin in his foot, and his return before the end of the season is uncertain. He said the injury Saturday felt like he’d been stabbed, after his foot rolled during a defensive sequence.

Nolen said he’d the optimal scenario is to be back by mid-March for either the Big Ten tournament or the NCAA tournament, should the Gophers get in.

“I’m going to try to rehab and do whatever I can to make it back, whether it’s one game, two games, whatever, just to help out the team,” Nolen said. “But until then, I’m going to have to be out there coaching.”