USC's Jio Fontan to have MRI

Updated: August 17, 2011, 4:05 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

USC senior point guard Jio Fontan is flying back early from Brazil Wednesday in order to have an MRI on his injured left knee in Los Angeles on Thursday, a school spokesperson said.

Fontan hurt the knee in the second quarter of the Trojans' eventual 81-70 loss to Mogi das Cruzes on Tuesday in Sao Paulo. The injury is being called a sprain at this point.

While the rest of the team flew to Rio De Janeiro Wednesday for the second leg of the Brazil trip, Fontan instead boarded a plane for Houston with USC assistant coach Tony Miller and senior associate athletic director Steve Lopes. From Houston, Fontan and Lopes will head to L.A. and Miller will head to Milwaukee, where he'll be inducted into the Marquette Hall of Fame later this week.

Fontan is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the knee Thursday afternoon with a USC team doctor.

Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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