UNC midfielder Hutchins of Gilman to have back surgery, miss season

North Carolina junior midfielder Duncan Hutchins will miss the 2013 season as he will be undergoing back surgery and will redshirt, the team announced Friday.

Hutchins, a Baltimore native and Gilman grad who has played on the Tar Heels' first- and second-team midfield units the past two years, has been troubled by back problems since his arrival at North Carolina.  In consultation with doctors, he elected to undergo surgery in January and will miss the spring semester during his recovery.  He will return to school in the summer, and it is anticipated he will make a full recovery and be ready to compete with the Tar Heels in 2014 and 2015.

"Although I will miss playing with my teammates next semester, I am ready to put this nagging injury behind me and finish my last two years healthy and competing for UNC," Hutchins said.

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