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Duquesne F Peggau out for season with knee surgery

| Friday, Dec. 5, 2008

Duquesne University freshman forward Rodrigo Peggau will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right knee in either late-December or early-January.

It will be the third surgery in less than a year for the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Brazilian native who sat out the 2007-08 prep season at The Patterson (N.C.) School with a torn meniscus.

Team doctor Christopher Harner will perform the surgery at UPMC South Side Hospital.

Peggau also sat out Duquesne's 78-51 loss to No. 3 Pitt in the City Game on Wednesday at Petersen Events Center after his knee swelled in practice earlier in the week.

Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said the school will apply for a medical redshirt through the Atlantic 10 Conference office at the end of the season, and if granted, Peggau would have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

In four games off the bench, Peggau, one of eight Duquesne freshmen, was averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. He was shooting 72.7 percent (8 for 11).

Duquesne (4-2) is in the midst of a week off following the City Game. The Dukes will travel to Radford on Wednesday -- their fifth consecutive road game -- before returning to Palumbo Center to meet West Virginia on Dec. 13.

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