Pocius Done For 2007-2008

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Tuesday that junior Martynas Pocius will undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle.

Pocius originally injured the ankle while playing in Lithuania over the summer and reinjured it in Duke's 78-43 win over Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25.

Pocius, a native of Vilnius, Lithuania, had a similar surgery on his right ankle at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season.

"We are 100% behind Marty," said Krzyzewski. "This is a tough break for him and for the whole team. He worked extremely hard over the summer to be ready for this season and was making a steady contribution to the team. His presence in practice and in games will be missed."

The surgery, expected to be performed in early January by Dr. Dean Taylor, will increase the overall stability of Pocius' ankle and give him the opportunity to return at full strength next season. Taylor and the rest of the Duke medical staff have elected to wait until January to perform the surgery in order to allow swelling in the ankle to go down and reduce the risk of complications.

"Based on Marty's recovery and rehabilitation efforts following his right ankle operation earlier this year, I expect that he will do well following a similar procedure scheduled for his left ankle," said Taylor.

Pocius played in four games prior to being sidelined with the injury and was averaging 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He opened the season with a 10-point, four-rebound, two-assist effort in Duke's 121-56 win over N.C. Central.

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