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November 19, 2008
Zeller breaks wrist, likely out for season
Tyler Zeller suffered a fractured left wrist in the win over Kentucky on Tuesday and underwent surgery today at UNC Hospitals.CHAPEL HILL --- University of North Carolina freshman men's basketball forward
Doctors with UNC sports medicine say normal recovery time for this kind of injury is 12-16 weeks, which likely makes it a season ending injury.
Dr. Don Bynum performed the surgical procedure that ended late Wednesday afternoon. The surgery was termed a success and Zeller is expected to make a full recovery.
The Washington, Ind., native started the first two games in place of injured National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough.
Zeller had a team-high 18 points in the season-opening win over Penn, and had two points and two steals in the 77-58 win over Kentucky.
He was injured with 1:26 to play in the game when he was fouled while going in for a breakaway dunk and landed on his left wrist.
He broke both the left radius and ulna.
"I hate this for Tyler," says head coach Roy Williams. "He's such a great kid and he's going to be a terrific player for us. It's another big blow for our team, but it's more adversity that we have to overcome together."
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