Michigan State was hoping for some reinforcements in January with the return of senior guard Joshua Langford. Head Coach Tom Izzo announced on Thursday that the guard had to have a second surgery to fix a stress fracture in his left foot. This is the second left foot injury Langford has had in the past year. He had a different bone repaired last February.
MSU senior guard Joshua Langford done for the season after foot surgery, Tom Izzo says after practice.
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The Spartans have struggled somewhat out of the gate and part of it is because Langford was slated to be a big part of the offense this season. The team now doesn’t have the option to look forward to the added offense and production from Langford. The immediate future of Joshua Langford is rehab and recovery. The long term plan is less clear for the senior guard. A medical redshirt is possible.
This summer was supposed to be a recovery period for Langford, but the pain in his foot gradually returned and got worse. The decision was to sit him out until January and reevaluate. Monday Head Coach Tom Izzo announced that Langford was going to New York to see a specialist. The injury bug has been incredibly unkind to the shooting guard.
Michigan State has a few things to figure out and will need to see someone else take a step up in Big Ten play. The Big Ten conference is packed full of talent this year and the winner of the conference will have to earn the distinction of Big Ten Champion. Cassius Winston has been amazing, but he will need more help if the Spartans hope to end the Big Ten NCAA championship drought.