With just eight scholarship players on the roster for next season, the success of Coach James Johnson’s first year leading Virginia Tech basketball will likely hinge on whether the Hokies can avoid injuries. It seems, though, they’re off to a rough start in that regard.

Virginia Tech announced that shooting guard Robert Brown underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a fracture to the fifth metatarsal of the left foot, an injury he suffered last week during workouts.

The good news is that Brown, a rising sophomore, is not expected to miss any playing time during the upcoming season.

“I am disappointed for Robert,” Johnson said in a school-issued statement. “This is obviously a setback to him. He had a great spring and has been working very hard this summer, but he has time to recover. We look forward to a full and speedy recovery from him. He will be a part of everything we do this summer, he just will not be active in any workouts.

Brown, a Clermont, Fla., native who spent the 2010-11 season playing at Hargrave Military Academy, played in all 33 games for the Hokies last season. He averaged 6.8 points, 1.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game, although he struggled with his shot at times.

It’s important to keep in mind that this is the same injury forward Cadarian Raines suffered when he first arrived on campus in 2009. Raines returned to the court in three months, but the injury flared up again early in his sophomore season and he was forced to sit out the remainder of the year.