CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Sophomore center Tyler Zeller has a stress fracture in the third metatarsal of his right foot, Roy Williams announced Friday. The UNC doctors indicated that the normal length of time for recovery is 4-6 weeks.
"We don't know if it will be that long, we don't know if it will be longer," Williams told reporters after offering the possible recovery time. "It just depends on how [everything] reacts to the healing process. We've got him in a bone stimulator. We do feel good about catching it early. Nothing showed up on the X-ray and then we did a MRI Monday or Tuesday and nothing showed up, but it did show up in a bone scan on Thursday..."
"The bottom line is that he is out. I guess the best way to put it is that he's out indefinitely, because I think that's what everybody with a stress fracture is."
Zeller will not need surgery.
The 7-foot sophomore is Carolina's fourth-leading scorer at 9.6 points per game and third-leading rebounder at 4.6 per game.