West Virginia's Darryl "Truck" Bryant Has Surgery On Fractured Foot

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Truck Bryant Has Successful Surgery On Fractured Foot

Darryl “Truck” Bryant was unable to play in the Mountaineers’ final three NCAA Tournament games, including the Final Four, due to a fractured foot. Wednesday he got surgery to repair the injury and a good prognosis on his return next season.

WVU basketball spokesman Bryan Messerly says the surgery was performed Wednesday on Bryant’s fifth metatarsal at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Randy Meador, WVU’s coordinator of athletic training services, says Bryant’s recovery time will be two to three months.

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WVU's 'Truck' Bryant Will Return For Final Four

In the wake of their unexpected win over top-seeded Kentucky, West Virginia was awash in celebration when they got even better news from their medical staff: starting point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant, thought to be lost for the tournament with a broken bone in his foot, has been cleared to play in the Final Four:

Bryant, who broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during practice Tuesday, was cleared by team doctor's Friday to play in the Final Four if West Virginia advanced.

"I will be wearing a special shoe and in pain," Bryant told FanHouse after the Mountaineers' 73-66 win over Kentucky, "but I can't hurt it anymore.

This is sensational news for the Mountaineers; the only time Kentucky was even mildly competitive in the second half was late in the game, after backup point guard Joe Mazzulla fouled out of the game. Without a primary ball-handler on the court, West Virginia struggled against an active press defense. Getting Bryant back, even in the inevitably limited role he'll fill, is exactly what Bob Huggins and his backcourt need.

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