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David Foster likely to redshirt and return next year, Krystkowiak says

Utah center David Foster will not play again this season and will likely opt to return next season, Larry Krystkowiak said Sunday night on his weekly television show.

Foster has not played since breaking a bone in his right foot six minutes into an exhibition loss to Adams State on Nov. 4. He wore a cast through December, and since then has been around the team in a walking boot, often twirling a basketball in his hands.

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"When he first got hurt he was going to call it quits," Krystkowiak told ABC 4's Wesley Ruff. "He's expecting a baby, he and his wife, has his degree and was kind of ready for his next challenge in life."

Barring another change of heart, though, Foster wants to try again, Krystkowiak said.

"I think he's tarting to think that he wants to come back and have a really solid senior year," the coach said. "So he'll be out of action this year and we're going to visit about it this spring and most likely redshirt him and bring him back and try to have a good finish to his career."

Foster signed with the Utes in 2005, when Ray Giacoletti was still Utah's coach. He then played a year before serving a two-year LDS mission. He never redshirt, meaning he still has one year of eligiblity remaining. He was expected to be the key to the Utes' defense this season. In 2010-11 he led the Mountain West Conference and was sixth in the country with 3.2 blocks per game.

He has not spoken to the media since his injury occurred in November.

— Bill Oram



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