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Blazers Likely To Keep Trent Out

October 28, 1997

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Gary Trent likely will start the season on the Portland Trail Blazers’ injured list because of persistent soreness in his left shin.

Doctors have been unable to determine the precise reason for the soreness, which has bothered the 6-foot-8 forward since early in training camp.

``It just popped up, and all at once it was there,″ Trent said. ``I can’t let it frustrate me. That would do me no good. I just have to wait until it heals.″

The injury has kept Trent out of the intense competition for playing time among several players at his position.

Trent returned to Portland on Sunday after spending several days in Cleveland, where he underwent additional tests to try to pinpoint the cause of the pain.

``I’ve had bone scans, MRIs, X-rays, and everything has come out negative as far as there being a stress fracture,″ Trent said. ``We’re just trying to determine what’s going on. But it’s good that all the tests don’t show a stress fracture.″

Trent said he had no idea how long it would take before he can play again.

``I’m going to give it 10 days,″ he said, ``then after that, take it day to day. It’s hard to sit here and watch practice. It’s like having a baby but there’s no due date. It could come any time now.″

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