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Au’Diese Toney will undergo knee procedure

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Pitt guard Au’Diese Toney will reportedly undergo a knee procedure on Friday, according to Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The procedure is said to be minor, and the purpose is to remove screws that were inserted in Toney's knee after he broke his leg in high school.

The news comes one day after Pitt head coach Jeff Capel announced that Kene Chukwuka would undergo hip surgery as a result of lingering ailments that hindered the Swedish forward during his junior season. However, Toney’s procedure should be less invasive and will likely involve a shorter recovery period.

During his freshman season with the Panthers, Toney took part in 32 of the team’s 33 games. The only matchup the native of Huntsville, Alabama, missed was Pitt’s 82-69 loss to Clemson on Jan. 29, and that was due to a hand injury. Toney also led the team in rebounds, averaging 5.6 per game, but he struggled to become a consistent offensive threat, averaging 7.5 points per game.

The exact length of Toney’s expected recovery period was not provided, and Capel did not issue a statement on the rising sophomore’s upcoming procedure.