Jake Layman, Shaquille Cleare "fine" after injuries vs. UVa

Jake Layman, Shaquille Cleare "fine" after injuries vs. UVa
February 14, 2014, 4:15 pm
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(Associated Press)

His voice hoarse from an illness he has been battling throughout the week, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon stood before the media on Friday afternoon one day prior to his team’s matchup with No. 8 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“Luckily for us, knock on wood, it’s just been our coaches,” Turgeon joked about the sickness.

There are other minor injuries that Turgeon is glad that his team has overcome, namely an eye injury to sophomore forward Jake Layman and a shoulder injury to Shaquille Cleare.

Both incidents happened on Monday in a loss to Virginia.

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For Layman, he was poked in the eye rather severely in the first half against the Cavaliers, forced to sit out the remainder of the first half as the team’s trainer tried to reduce swelling by rinsing the eye with a saline solution.

He would return in the second, but finished with five points. It was reported on the game’s broadcast that though Layman returned, his vision was clouded by the injury.

For Cleare, he tweaked his shoulder when attempting to block a dunk attempt by Virginia’s Akil Mitchell. He was tended to by trainers on the bench.

But with time has come a healing of those minor injuries.

“We’re healthy,” Turgeon said on Friday. “Jake’s fine. Shaq’s fine. We’re healthy for tomorrow [vs. Duke].”

Maryland takes on Duke at 6 p.m. Saturday.