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Memphis’ Antonio Barton out for at least a month with foot fracture

Antonio Barton has been a good piece, a glue guy, for Memphis amid a very nice season so far. (US Presswire)

The Memphis Tigers are 20-3, amid their strongest campaign in Josh Pastner’s tenure, and just took on a hit of injury news that’s not great but also probably not debilitating.

Junior guard Antonio Barton has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right foot. The good news: no surgery required, per the Commercial Appeal, so that means Barton won’t miss the rest of the season. He will, however, still miss a handful of games. The recovery period for this injury is ballparked at 4-6 weeks.

Pastner passed along the news of Barton’s injury Monday afternoon. Barton was hurt during Memphis’s 89-76 win at Southern Miss on Saturday.

The non-displaced hairline avulsion fracture of Barton’s right fifth metatarsal is expected to take four to six weeks to heal, meaning there’s a chance Barton might not miss the rest of the season as was originally feared. The Conference USA tournament begins in a little more than four weeks on March 13 in Tulsa. … Barton had X-rays and an MRI, which revealed a mild soft tissue injury, on Monday morning.

Barton averages 6.2 points and plays 19 minutes per game for the Tigers, who get 17-6 Central Florida at home on Wednesday night.

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