Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Duke's Irving sidelined indefinitely with toe injury

Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving is out indefinitely because of a toe injury on his right foot suffered during Saturday’s win over Butler, coach Mike Krzyzewski announced this afternoon.

No timetable has been set for Irving’s return for an injury that will require rest and rehabilitation.

“Kyrie is going to miss an undetermined amount of time with the toe injury,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “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.”

Irvingwas injured while trying to make a move on the baseline during the win over Butler. He said he “stumped” his toe, but said it felt OK after the game.

He has been wearing a protective boot to protect the toe.

Irvingis the third-leading freshman scorer in the nation at 17.4 points per game. He was named most valuable player of the CBE Classic after a win over No. 4 Kansas State and scored 31 points in a win over No. 6 Michigan State, tying for the second-highest point total in a game for a Duke freshman.

Ken Tysiac