Michigan State will officially be without one of their top guards for the remainder of the season. Joshua Langford, a junior and a co-captain, will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Langford has not played since Dec. 29 against Northern Illinois.
Currently Langford is third on the team in scoring averaging 15 points per game.
His best performance this season came against Texas where he scored 29 points in a 78-68 victory.
Without the former 5-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American the Spartans will have to rely more on Cassius Winston than ever.
Tom Izzo shared the news in a press release:
“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.
“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. 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.
“Throughout the process, Josh has done everything asked of him, while maintaining an amazing attitude and doing whatever he could to help his teammates. His selfless attitude is the reason there were tears throughout the meeting room when we shared the news with his team. I’ve never felt worse for a player than I do for Josh, but he’s a very religious kid who believes everything happens for a reason. He’s constantly telling me to not worry about him, but focus on the team. It’s the reason I have so much respect and admiration for the way he’s handled the injury.”
Without Langford the Spartans are 7-1. They will face Indiana on Saturday.