Reiner has stress fracture repaired

Updated: January 16, 2004, 9:24 PM ET
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Iowa center Jared Reiner had surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. His expected return was not immediately known, according to school officials.

Reiner, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound senior, injured his foot last month, but X-rays were negative. The fracture was revealed after X-rays were taken after practice on Thursday.

"It's a very unfortunate injury for Jared," Iowa coach Steve Alford said."You never like to see injuries, and it's especially tough when it happens to a senior. We'll support Jared as much as we possibly can during his recovery process."

"I give Jared a lot of credit. He has played through a significant amount of pain every day over the past few weeks," added Alford. "He began to feel the discomfort in mid to late-December, yet he missed no games or practice time while playing with the injury."

Reiner started in 12 of Iowa's first 13 games this season, averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, and has 11 blocked shots. He led the Big Ten in rebounding last season.