Friday, October 10, 2008


By Robbi Pickeral, Staff Writer Raleigh News & Observer

North Carolina forward Marcus Ginyard spent several weeks last winter hobbling around between games in a protective walking boot.

He'll spend the next two months doing the same thing, but this time he'll miss some basketball games.

Ginyard, UNC's starting small forward last season, will be sidelined for the next eight weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

He started wearing the boot in February because of a sprained left big toe and other soreness. He sprained his left ankle in August, a team spokesman said, and officials think the sprain aggravated the stress fracture.

Doctors on Wednesday inserted a screw into his fifth metatarsal, which is the long bone that connects to the "pinkie" toe.

He is expected back before the ACC schedule begins.

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