Nick Saban is expected to be at full-strength for the start of preseason practice following his recovery from hip surgery.
The Alabama coach told USA Today that the hip injury he revealed last week at Alabama’s spring game will result in a right hip replacement.
“I never noticed my hip at all until the first day of spring practice,” Saban told USA Today. “I ran out on the field and it felt like I got a hip flexor. It didn’t feel like it was some injury or something like that, but it never went away and it actually kept almost getting worse.”
Saban, 67, said last week that he was going to have his hip evaluated because he didn’t want the pain to linger and he wanted to be ready for the 2019 season.
“They say that even if it’s the worst-case scenario it might be six to eight weeks,” Saban said Saturday. “But I can still cover Ruggs and cut him off. I can do whatever I need to do, I can still play golf. But this has been a little bothersome and I don’t want to go into the fall with this being a problem. And I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot of more years.”
Saban’s contract with Alabama currently runs through the 2025 season and it’s incredibly hard to see him coaching anywhere else before his career is over.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports
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