Irish 'heartbroken' Rex Pflueger is out for season

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Notre Dame Men's basketball team has won it's last three games. But the Irish have won their last two without their captain Rex Pflueger.

Plueger tore his ACL trying to block a shot in Notre Dame's win against Purdue last Saturday.

But the captain was back on campus to cheer on his teammates Tuesday against Binghamton.

Coach Mike Brey says it's great to see Pflueger in good spirits but losing him for the season is devastating.

"Very heartbroken," Brey said. "It's been neat developing relationships with kids and I love doing that and some you get closer to than others. Rex is like a son to me. We have really connected. He has been amazing at leading and selling our culture when I'm not around and the coaches aren't around. It's really been heartbreaking. Thank God for his attitude. He's picked me up a little bit the last couple of days. He's an amazing young man and he's a big time winner."

Coach Brey told WNDU last night that Plueger will spend the next few weeks at home before he has surgery on January 11 here in South Bend.