Valenti ‘week-to-week,’ Baron says

By Nick Veronica

Canisius forward Phil Valenti is “out indefinitely” and should be considered “week-to-week” with an ankle sprain, coach Jim Baron said Tuesday during the MAAC teleconference.

Valenti dislocated his right ankle in Friday’s victory over Quinnipiac, team sources confirmed, and was scheduled for an MRI Monday night. Initial X-rays were negative, which indicated the stretch or tear of a ligament, as Baron confirmed.

UPDATE: The team announced Monday afternoon that Valenti’s MRI found “some soft tissue damage” and that Valenti would remain on crutches for another 2-4 weeks.

Phil Valenti was in pain after injuring his ankle during Friday's game.

Phil Valenti was in pain after injuring his ankle during Friday’s game.

A week-to-week tag is troubling for the Griffs, given that regular season finale is just 24 days away. Canisius lost to Marist Sunday in its first game without Valenti.

Valenti, a redshirt sophomore, was Canisius’ second-leading scorer (10.6 ppg) and third-leading rebound (4.9 rpg), as well as the team leader is assists (2.6 apg).

Canisius plays at Manhattan on Friday and then goes to Monmouth on Sunday.