Marcus Ginyard underwent surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot today, meaning he will be out about eight weeks. Apparently, Ginyard played much of last season in pain, even being forced to wear a boot at times (according to the AP, team officials called the injury a "stress reaction"). In August, he sprained his left ankle, which aggravated the foot injury. In a statement, coach Roy Williams said
You hate this for Marcus because he has worked so hard to get ready for his senior season, but he decided it was better to have the surgery now and be ready sometime in December than risk a more substantial injury that would knock him out of action later in the season.If the injury is really an eight week thing, then Ginyard could be back by the Michigan State game in the ACC/Big Ten challenge on December 3rd, and possibly the Maui Invitational at the end of November. Hopefully (for Tar Heel fans) Ginyard will be back to 100% by the time the ACC season rolls around in January. While UNC is talented enough to overcome the loss of Ginyard for a time, it will still hurt because he is probably the Heels best perimeter defender, and if you saw them play last year you know that they can ill afford to lose anyone that will actually play some defense.