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Key Louisville reserve undergoes sports hernia surgery

Jeff Eisenberg
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Oct 29, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Akoy Agau (22) draws a foul from Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers center Alex Brown (44) during the second half at the KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)

When forward Akoy Agau posted a photo of himself clad in a hospital gown and about to undergo surgery on Tuesday morning, Louisville fans surely got a bit nervous. 

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Akoy Agau (@Akoy22 on Instagram)

Akoy Agau (@Akoy22 on Instagram)

Agau played only a bit role this past season, but the 6-foot-8 rising sophomore is expected to enjoy more minutes next season behind All-American candidate Montrezl Harrell.

Thankfully Louisville, the news on Agau wasn't too dire. The school announced later Tuesday morning that Agau underwent successful sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia and should be healthy enough to begin participating in workouts again in about six weeks.

Getting Agau back on the court quickly is crucial for Louisville because this offseason has already been huge for his development. He has added strength and improved almost every facet of his game this offseason as he seeks to give the Cardinals a solid big man option off the bench to spell Harrell.

"Akoy is a different person physically, emotionally, mentally," Louisville coach Rick Pitino told reporters earlier this month. "That's a great thing for us because we need that position desperately."

"You won't recognize him. He's taken the quantum leap with [center] Mangok [Mathiang]. He couldn't get through a practice last year. He came in in really bad shape. He was also very immature."

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