Cal sophomore guard Jabari Bird has missed the last six games with a foot injury.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jeff Faraudo of the Mercury News spoke to Bill Mellis, Bird’s former coach at Salesian High (California), who told him that the 6-foot-6 guard has suffered a stress fracture and the recovery process has taken longer than initially expected.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take,” Mellis told the San Jose Mercury News. “There’s got to be some level of frustration to it, but he’ll be fine.”
A Cal spokesperson told Faraudo that the injury is day-to-day while head coach Cuonzo Martin has previously said that Bird should be ready to go for conference play, which for the Golden Bears begins on Friday, Jan. 2 against Washington.
Bird was averaging 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, but has been sidelined since Nov. 30 following a 64-57 win over Fresno State.
Cal had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Monday by No. 2 Wisconsin.