Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said today that there is no change in the status of freshman point guard Kyrie Irving, who may be out for the rest of the season with an injury to the big toe on his right foot.
Irving continues to proceed with a non-surgical plan for the toe in hopes that he can return. If he should decide to have surgery, it would put him out for the entire season.
On the ACC coaches' teleconference today, Krzyzewski declined to give specifics about Irving's injury. Duke has only said Irving has an injured toe and is out indefinitely.
"It’s too complicated to talk about, and actually it’s not anyone’s right to know that," Krzyzewski said. "It’s his toe. The thing we’ve been very straightforward about is what his status is. We still think there’s a good chance he’s out for the whole year, but he’s progressing well."
Irving was averaging 17.4 points and 5.1 assists per game when he was injured Dec. 4 against Butler in the Blue Devils' eighth game of the season.
Doctors are scheduled to re-evaluate his toe in another week, Krzyzewski said.
"His is a serious injury and it’s coming along well," Krzyzewski said. "But we’re prepared to play the rest of the season without him."
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