Michigan State received some disappointing news on Wednesday, as star guard Joshua Langford will miss the remainder of the basketball season, head coach Tom Izzo said.
According to a release from Michigan State, Langford has suffered a foot injury that has been labeled as a “stress injury.” He has missed the last eight games for the Spartans and hasn’t played since late December.
Izzo said that the injury will likely require surgery.
“It’s with great sadness that I have to announce that after numerous studies, rehabilitation and an attempt at return, it has been determined that Josh will miss the remainder of the season,” Izzo said. “Josh has a stress injury that we caught fairly early, and we had hoped that, with treatment and rest, he would recover.
“He has not and will likely need surgery to prevent problems in the future.”
Langford was averaging 15 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season, and was shooting over 40 percent from three-point range.
“We hate this for Josh and our team, as he was one of our leading scorers, one of our top 3-point shooters and one of our two best defensive guards,” Izzo said. “But our commitment to Josh and his long-term health is paramount. Josh has seen the best specialist in the country on this issue, and we are putting together a plan for his complete recovery for the 2019-20 season.”
Michigan State has continued to play well in the B1G this season. The Spartans are tied with rivalry Michigan atop the B1G standings with a 9-1 conference record, suffering their first loss last weekend at Purdue. Overall, MSU is 18-3 on the year.