Wood still out indefinitely as Hokies prepare for ACC play

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech freshman forward Marshall Wood expects to be back playing basketball in about two weeks. His coach is less certain of a return date.
Wood fractured his left foot in the Hokies’ home loss to Georgia Southern on Dec. 15.
Wood could be out until February.
He definitely won’t play Saturday when Tech (9-4) opens Atlantic Coast Conference play against 12-1 Maryland in College Park, Md.
“It’s still indefinite,” Tech coach James Johnson said Thursday. “Talking with the trainer … there’s no timetable right now. He is out of the boot, as you saw today. He is moving around a bit. But he’s not participating in any workouts or any practice.”
Wood, who was averaging 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing 18 minutes a game, was more optimistic.
“They expect me back in two weeks,” Wood said Thursday. “They said I’m progressing really well. They said in about two weeks I should be ready to play.”
Wood said he suffered the injury late in the loss to Georgia Southern.
“Towards the end of the game I felt this pain in my foot,” Wood said. “I went to the doctor and trainer after the game and found out I had a fracture.”
Wood had been in a walking boot and is now riding a stationary bike and walking on an anti-gravity treadmill to try to stay in shape for his eventual return.
“Sometimes, I feel a little pain if I press down on it hard,” Wood said. “I’ve been in a boot for two weeks and now I’ve got these orthotics that I’m using. So it feels better. I can walk around better than I was able to.”
Already an unusually thin team coming into the year with just eight scholarship players available. Wood’s injury has made things even harder on the Hokies. They’ve lost three of their last four games, starting with the Georgia Southern game.
“I think we’ll be good team with Marshall, and I think we’ll be a good team without him,” senior point guard Erick Green said. “We’ve got the guys who we’re playing with right now, and we’ve just got to build around them. We’re missing Marshall right now, but that’s not an excuse. We’ve got to get Joey, we’ve got to get other guys to play well, and we will. I think we’ll be fine.”