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Virginia Tech forward out indefinitely

Virginia Tech forward Chris Clarke suffered a right foot injury over Christmas break and will have surgery later this week.

Clarke, a freshman from Virginia Beach, Virginia, sustained a fracture to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot while working out on Wednesday over Christmas break.  His foot was placed in a walking boot and Clarke was examined by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tony McPherron in Blacksburg on Sunday. Following x-rays and the examination, it was determined that surgery was the best course of action. The surgery will be performed by Dr. McPherron on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at LewisGale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg. Until the surgery is completed, it will be impossible to know if or when Clarke will be able to return to action this season.

“I feel terrible for Chris. He has strived very hard to get where he is,” head coach Buzz Williams said. “He is an outstanding player who is a better person. I know that with the values instilled by his parents, he will work hard to come back strong from this unfortunate situation.

Clarke has played in 11 of the Hokies’ 12 games this season, starting 10 times. He is averaging 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and is tied for the team lead with 12 steals.