Alabama coach Nick Saban expects quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to play in Saturday’s key SEC West matchup with LSU, barring any points throughout pregame warm-ups, he instructed ESPN’s School GameDay.

“If he feels good in pregame and we do not have a setback, I believe he’ll be capable of play,” Saban mentioned.

Tagovailoa, who has handed for two,166 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions this season for the No. 3-ranked Tide, underwent a “tight-rope” surgical process Oct. 20 after struggling a excessive ankle sprain on his proper ankle towards Tennessee. He missed a 48-7 win over Arkansas two weeks in the past, and Alabama had an open date final week.

The quarterback had the identical process on his left ankle final season after injuring it within the SEC championship recreation win over Georgia and returned to play lower than a month later towards Oklahoma within the School Soccer Playoff semifinal.

On Wednesday, Saban instructed ESPN’s Chris Low that if there have been some kind of setback throughout the recreation that Alabama wouldn’t take any probabilities with Tagovailoa, who was additionally coping with a sprained knee a yr in the past when he injured his ankle.

Mac Jones performed in Tagovailoa’s place towards the Razorbacks, going 18-for-22 for 235 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his first profession begin.