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Zoubek undergoes foot surgery

Sophomore Brian Zoubek underwent successful surgery on his left foot Tuesday. The 7-foot center will likely miss between 10 and 12 weeks of offseason action.

This is Zoubek's second surgery in the last year. He went under the knife to repair a fifth metatarsal fracture also on his left foot July 11.

"The surgery went well and will allow [Zoubek] to return pain-free for the 2008-09 season," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

After playing in Duke's first 12 games of the season, Zoubek re-injured the foot in practice and missed nine subsequent games. Zoubek, who averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, played in Duke's last 13 games despite lingering pain in the foot.

Dr. James Nunley of the Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center performed the operation.

Fellow sophomores Gerald Henderson and Lance Thomas also underwent successful surgery April 1. Henderson's procedure fixed a torn ligament in his right wrist, and Thomas' operation reconstructed a torn tendon in his right pinkie finger.


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