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Duke Makes Big Announcement About Starter Who Was Injured During Game In Canada Last Night

Close up view of the Duke jersey.

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 06: A general view during the North Carolina Tar Heels versus Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 6, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Last night's exhibition win over Ryerson was a positive one overall for Duke basketball. The team did lose starting guard Alex O'Connell though, after he got an elbow to the face.

During the game, a Ryerson player caught O'Connell with an accidental elbow, going up for a dunk.

O'Connell wound up leaving the game, and was ruled out from returning. After evaluation, it was revealed that he has an orbital fracture.

Because of the injury, Alex O'Connell is out for the remainder of Duke's Canada tour.

The full statement on his injury:

"Duke sophomore guard Alex O'Connell will miss the remainder of the Duke Canada Tour after being diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture. O'Connell sustained the injury early in the first quarter of Duke's game versus Ryerson University on Wednesday night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

O'Connell was released from the hospital last night and rejoined the team at the hotel. He was reevaluated by Duke's medical staff this morning and is expected to make a full and routine recovery.

The Blue Devils have two games remaining on their tour — Friday versus the University of Toronto in Mississauga and Sunday versus McGill University in Montreal."

It doesn't sound like Duke is worried about O'Connell missing time during the regular season. After two October preseason exhibitions, the Blue Devils get Kentucky on Nov. 6 in Indianapolis.

O'Connell slid into the starting lineup due to injuries to star freshmen Tre Jones and Cam Reddish. It is only August, but things are pretty lean for the Blue Devils right now.