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Cadarian Raines has second surgery on foot

That Virginia Tech forward Cadarian Raines had surgery since the Hokies' finished their season is not unexpected. That Raines had an operation on his left foot -- for a second time -- came as a surprise.

Raines had surgery on Friday to repair the fifth metatarsal in his the foot and is expected to be out 8 to 12 weeks. Keith Doolan, a Virginia Tech trainer, said Raines was not more susceptible to re-injuring his foot because of the initial surgery, in which a screw was added.

"No, I wouldn’t say he’s more prone," Doolan said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "This is that minority that we never speak about. Everyone thinks he has his foot pinned, he’s going to be fine. He’s just one who re-injured it."

Raines initially broke the foot in September, underwent surgery and missed the first six games of the season. Raines broke the foot again while the Hokies were playing in the National Invitation Tournament.

But toward the end of the regular season, Raines had been hampered by an injured left shoulder. It was thought to be a torn labrum that would require surgery; he wore a wrap and had to sit out some games in order to avoid further damage to the shoulder.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed their was no tear. Raines will not need any operation to repair his shoulder.

Raines, a rising sophomore, played in 21 games last season and averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. His development in learning Virginia Tech's schemes and principles was delayed because of his initial injury, but he should to play a larger role next season.

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