North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson (13), center, out with an injury, applauds his teammates during the second half against Michigan on November 29, 2017 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Johnson is recovering following knee surgery two weeks ago. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com
North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson (13), center, out with an injury, applauds his teammates during the second half against Michigan on November 29, 2017 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Johnson is recovering following knee surgery two weeks ago. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

North Carolina

One key injured guard closer to getting back for UNC; the other could take a while

December 05, 2017 03:17 PM

CHAPEL HILL

North Carolina will be without sophomore guard Seventh Woods for the foreseeable future. Junior guard Cam Johnson will be out for the near future but is getting better.

UNC coach Roy Williams provided an update on both injured players on Tuesday. The Tar Heels (8-1) face Western Carolina on Wednesday night at the Smith Center.

Neither Woods nor Johnson will play. Woods has been dealing with plantar faciitis in his left foot. He has been in a walking boot and not dressed for the past two games.

North Carolina’s Seventh Woods (0) puts up a shot between Northern Iowa’s Juwan McCloud (13) and Isaiah Brown (24) during the first half on November 10, 2017 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

Williams was vague about a possible return date for Woods, who has averaged 2.4 points in 10.9 minutes in seven games this season.

“He’s going to be out for awhile,” Williams said. “We don’t know how long. I would guess … I really don’t know.”

Johnson is in the third week of a four- to six-week timetable after he had knee surgery to repair meniscus damage in his left knee.

Johnson suffered the injury in practice on Nov. 14, the day before UNC beat Bucknell. The 6-8, 210-pound graduate transfer from Pitt has been progressing.

Once Johnson returns to practice, Williams said, he’ll have a better idea when Johnson could return.

“We’d love to get him back out there and he’s getting better,” Williams said. “He’s getting closer.”

The hope had been Johnson would be ready for ACC play. UNC’s first ACC game is Dec. 30 against Wake Forest.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio