Tom Izzo hopes to have a timeline by the end of the week on when or if Michigan State standout shooting guard Josh Langford will return, the coach told CBS Sports.
MSU is 15-2 and ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 despite being affected by injuries throughout this season. Izzo said the Spartans will not have Langford or junior forward Kyle Ahrens, who sprained his back against Ohio State on Jan. 5 and is still on the mend, for MSU's Thursday night road tilt against 13-4 Nebraska.
As for Langford, Izzo is still worrying a bit and uncertain if, or when, his much-improved junior will return.
"What I had in Josh was a three-year starter that, not like Gary Harris totally, but like Gary Harris was scoring 17 a game and was my best defensive guard," he said. "Getting him back would help in the long run."
Izzo said Langford (15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg) should have his walking boot taken off his left foot by the end of the week. From there, ideally, a clearer picture on recovery will emerge. Langford mysteriously hurt himself at some point in recent weeks, but no one knows when or how. He asked to be taken out of the first half of Michigan State's home game vs. Northern Illinois on Dec. 29 and hasn't played since.