Michigan State is finally back in practice and staring at a return to game action Thursday, Tom Izzo confirmed during his press conference Tuesday afternoon.

After an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the Spartans to postpone three conference games, Izzo said that Michigan State is now ready to go for Thursday’s game against Rutgers. Though things can obviously change in an instant, Izzo expects his team to have about 11-12 players available and ready to play. Thursday’s game is set to be played at Rutgers.

While Izzo did confirm the team returned to practice Monday, he also indicated that an assistant coach and forward Gabe Brown also tested positive late last week. They will be among those unavailable for Thursday.

Fortunately, Izzo did indicate that Joshua Langford and Steven Izzo have completed their heart tests and resumed conditioning, and that duo – along with Mady Sissoko – will be part of the group available for Thursday.

Here are the highlights from Izzo’s press conference as the Spartans prepare to return to action:

Thursday’s game is set to tipoff at 7 pm EST on FS1. The Spartans might be up against it with a limited squad this week, but the pressure is on to keep up in the B1G. As things currently stand, Michigan State is 2-4 in the conference and coming off a big blown lead in the last game against Purdue.