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Carl English to undergo surgery; no timetable for his return

Jeff Parsons/St. John's Edge - Carl English of the St. John's Edge, the reigning National Basketball League of Canada MVP, will undergo surgery Friday to repair an injured thumb, and there's no timetable for his return. That's more bad news for a team that's now lost three in a row.
Jeff Parsons/St. John's Edge - Carl English of the St. John's Edge, the reigning National Basketball League of Canada MVP, will undergo surgery Friday to repair an injured thumb, and there's no timetable for his return. That's more bad news for a team that's now lost three in a row. - Contributed

As if the news wasn’t bad enough Thursday, that the St. John’s Edge limp home on a three-game losing streak from a disappointing 2-3 road trip, now comes word that Carl English could be out of the lineup for a while.

English, the reigning National Basketball League of Canada MVP, saw an already disappointing season get worse Thursday with news that he’s undergoing surgery Friday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.

There’s no timetable for his return. However, when contacted by The Telegram, doctors indicated the type of surgery English is undergoing usually has a three-month recovery period, maybe longer, meaning his season is quite likely done.

He was placed on the team’s injured reserve list last weekend.

English has been hobbled by leg and ankle injuries for much of the season, appearing in only 13 of the Edge’s 26 games in which he’s averaging 14.5 points.

In his MVP season last year, English was second in league scoring with 23.6 points per game.

The Edge have to hope Glen Davis is back in the lineup Friday night against the Windsor Express at Mile One Centre.

Davis was hurt Tuesday night in Moncton, N.B. after playing only four minutes. He sat out Wednesday’s game in Saint John, N.B., a 94-91 loss to the Riptide.

With the loss, the Edge fall to 15-11, and nipping at their heals are the Express, who sit at 15-12. St. John’s and Windsor tangle 7 o’clock Friday night and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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