Dean Wade leaves game with right foot injury

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH) -- Dean Wade left the Wildcats' loss Saturday with a right foot injury. This injury is being described as "non-structural."

Bruce Weber disclosed after the game he had been suffering from soreness throughout the week after the win against Texas and was held out of practice and kept in a boot. Wade shot Friday but was still experiencing pain.

"I think he planted wrong or came down wrong. I do not know if he tweaked it," Weber said. "When I first talked to him, the doc did not think it was that bad but we will just have to wait and see."

Weber said he noticed Wade's discomfort early in the game.

“I know the crowd was yelling for him to shoot and I was yelling for him to shoot in the first half, too. I kind of challenged him at halftime, “You have to shoot. You are wide open, you have to put the ball up there.”

The Wildcats travel to West Virginia for ESPN's Big Monday. Weber said they are "hoping and praying" he will be available, but still do not know the extent of the injury.

Wade tore a tendon in his right foot earlier this season, keeping him out for four weeks. He also suffered a stress fracture in his left foot during the Big 12 Tournament in 2018, missing the Elite Eight run.

The team is currently without guard Cartier Diarra, who underwent successful surgery on his shooting thumb Thursday. Diarra is still questionable to return this season, but Weber said Thursday the team is hopeful to see him in the post-season.

Kansas State falls to 9-3 in the conference and 19-6 overall, holding a half game lead over Kansas and Texas Tech.