Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kyrie Irving, Duke Point Guard, Sidelined Indefinitely by Toe Injury

Kyrie Irving, Duke's star freshman point guard, is out indefinitely with a sprained toe, the school announced Wednesday.

Irving injured the toe late in the top-ranked Blue Devils' win over Butler Saturday, though he returned to play after missing less than two minutes in the win. Irving described the injury only as a "stumped" toe in the locker room afterward.

Duke said Irving will undergo "rest and rehabilitation" in a statement released Wednesday afternoon and did not mention any further treatment options.

"Our medical staff will continue to monitor the recovery process and he will return to action once it has sufficiently healed. ... Kyrie is an outstanding player and we are confident that he will bounce back from this setback."

Irving, who is second on the Blue Devils with 17.4 points per game and leads the team in assists at 5.1 per contest, earned ACC rookie of the week honors for the third time Monday.

Irving's absence overshadows what should be an otherwise joyous night for Duke. Mike Krzyzewski will pass legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp on the all-time wins list with his 877th Wednesday night against Bradley.     

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