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Syracuse Basketball: Tyus Battle downplays injury, says he won’t miss time

The freshman guard was limited in SU’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown.

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Syracuse guard Tyus Battle passes the ball in a game earlier this season against South Carolina State.
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Syracuse Orange freshman guard Tyus Battle was limited in Saturday’s loss to Georgetown with a foot injury. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Battle was held out of practice all week, and was cleared yesterday to return.

“It’s just a little foot thing, I’m fine,” Battle said after the game. “I felt fine out there. Coach Boeheim wanted to ease me into it. I’ll be back on Monday.”

Battle scored just two points in a season-low 12 minutes of action. He also had two rebounds.

“I mean, I just haven’t been playing this week. I didn’t practice this week, so it’s about getting back in a rhythm. I’ll be fine. I should be good,” he reiterated. “I’m used to coming off the bench here so that didn’t have an impact, either. I missed some time so I just need to get back in the swing of things.”

Battle fought a foot injury in his last two seasons of high school. The injury periodically sidelined the former five-star prospect, including all but nine games his junior season at Gill St. Bernard (N.J.).

“No, no. It was just a minor thing,” he said when asked if it’s the same injury. “It’s nothing major, I’ll be fine.”

Syracuse (6-4) hosts Eastern Michigan (6-3) on Monday at the Carrier Dome.