Roland transported to Texas

Updated: December 26, 2009, 6:07 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Texas A&M senior guard Derrick Roland went home for Christmas after suffering a gruesome leg injury earlier in the week.

The school announced that Roland took a medical transport plane from Seattle to Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas. He was then taken by ambulance to the Physicians Centre Hospital near College Station.

About 35 people were there to greet Roland, according to the school, which also thanked everyone "for the prayers and support."

Roland broke his tibia and fibula Tuesday night in a loss to Washington and had a rod and three screws inserted in his leg.

Dr. Chris Wahl, the surgeon who repaired the multiple fractures in Roland's right leg early Wednesday, said he cleared Roland to leave Harborview Medical Center on Thursday and return home because the wound and fracture are healing well.

But because the leader of the No. 19 Aggies still feels weak and has yet to tolerate regular food since the surgery, he waited until Friday to return to Texas.

Wahl -- one of four University of Washington doctors who rushed on the court immediately when Roland fell after a leap for the rim -- was looking out for any signs of infection. Roland's bones snapped cleanly across, puncturing the skin, leaving his leg at an almost 90-degree angle and horrifying a sellout crowd at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Tuesday night.

"The wound looks perfect," Wahl said, adding that Roland might always have the rod and screws in his leg.

Wahl and Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said they expect Roland to spend at least one night under the hospital care of Texas A&M doctors before he gets a chance to return to his native Dallas, perhaps by the end of the weekend.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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