Wayns day to day with knee injury

Posted: February 10, 2012

Villanova guard Maalik Wayns has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and his playing status is day to day, a team spokesman said Thursday.

Wayns, who underwent an MRI exam Wednesday, was evaluated by team orthopedist Rob Good.

Wayns, the Wildcats' leading scorer with a 17.8-point average, suffered the injury during Tuesday night's 74-72 win over Providence at the Pavilion.

Villanova coach Jay Wright said the 6-foot-2 junior from Roman Catholic High initially felt a tweak in the knee as he escaped a trap in the first half, then tweaked it again in the second. Wayns left the game for good with 11 minutes, 31 seconds to play.

"The No. 1 concern for all of us is Maalik's long-term health," Wright said. "We will be conservative with his rehab and recovery from this setback."

Wayns watched Villanova's practice Thursday from the sidelines.

The Wildcats don't play again until Wednesday night at South Florida.

- Joe Juliano

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