(Associated Press)

Maryland sophomore guard Seth Allen fractured a bone in his left foot during practice Tuesday and will miss eight to 10 weeks, the program announced.

The school says Allen landed awkwardly on his foot as he drove to the basket near the end of practice on Tuesday night. He will have surgery on Thursday in Baltimore.

“We are devastated for Seth,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in a team-issued statement.  “He was playing at a very high level throughout the summer and fall and was poised to have an excellent start to the season.  We will support Seth during his rehabilitation process and will prepare him, so he can get back on the court with his teammates.”

Allen was projected to start at point guard when the Terrapins open their season on Nov. 8 against Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Junior Dez Wells, who got some run at point guard during an open scrimmage at Comcast Center last Saturday, will handle point guard duties for Sunday’s exhibition against Catholic. Freshman Roddy Peters also will see some time at point guard as he acclimates to the college game.

Allen’s promising freshman season was cut short in March, when he fractured a bone in his shooting hand during practice. He missed Maryland’s final two National Invitational Tournament games of the season, despite warming up before the team’s semifinals loss against Iowa at Madison Square Garden.