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Nursing ankle injury, Delaney is day-to-day

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney, who sprained his left ankle in a win over Longwood on Dec. 30, is considered day-to-day as the Hokies' prepare to play at No. 9 North Carolina on Sunday.

Coach Seth Greenberg on Thursday was succinct when discussing Delaney's status. "We'll know Sunday," he said.

Greenberg said Delaney ran on an anti-gravity treadmill and a stationary bike to try rehabilitate his ankle. Delaney, who was unavailable to speak with reporters on Thursday, has worn a walking boot except when he comes to the gym.

At practice Thursday, Delaney, the Hokies' best player, did not participate in drills with his teammates. He stood to the side and dribbled a basketball while Virginia Tech's players worked on plays near a basket. Delaney was supposed to practice shooting later on Thursday afternoon.

Greenberg has said he would not play Delaney unless he is healthy, saying he did not want to jeopardize his season just so he could play against the ninth-ranked Tar Heels. Asked what he needed to see from Delaney before letting him play, Greenberg said: "I don’t need to see anything. It's what he feels and the medical staff feels."

By Mark Viera  |  January 8, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
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