Cal sophomore guard Jabari Bird has missed the last six games with a foot injury which is now reported as a stress fracture, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
On Tuesday, the Mercury News spoke to Bill Mellis, Bird’s former coach at Salesian High School, who explained 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," said Mellis to the Mercury News. "There's got to be some level of frustration to it, but he'll be fine."
Bird suffered the injury in Cal's 64-57 win at Fresno State on Nov. 30 and sat out six games since then. Head coach Cuonzo Martin has been vague about a time table for Bird's return. Martin confirmed Monday that the former McDonald's All-American should be ready to go for conference play, which for the Bears begins on Friday, Jan. 2 against Washington.
Bird averaged 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game through Cal's first six games.