The senior swingman for Ohio State suffered a re-fracture of the fifth metatarsal during Tuesday's spring workouts, the university announced in a statement. Typical recovery time for the injury is around 12 weeks and he should be back on the court before full practices for the 2010-11 season get underway.
He will undergo surgery Friday at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
On his personal Twitter page, Lighty wrote, "I seen better days.. But what don't break u will make u.. Its just fuel to my fire."
Tuesday night, he wrote that he was about to shower but was unsure how it would work out with his foot.
Lighty would have exhausted his eligibility this past season if not for having suffered the same injury in a December 17, 2008 victory against Jacksonville. In that game, he also tied a career high with 21 points.
The initial prognosis was that he could be back near the conclusion of the season, but he wound up taking a medical redshirt instead as the Buckeyes lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I think getting David Lighty back has been a tremendous boost to this team," head coach Thad Matta said prior to the start of last season. "A lot of times when people get injured you forget about them, but he's one that I never forgot about all last year. He brings that experience. He brings a tremendous amount of leadership."
As a junior, he averaged 12.6 points per game as the Buckeyes advanced to the Sweet 16 of the tournament.