Michigan State co-captain Joshua Langford underwent successful surgery on his left foot Thursday, coach Tom Izzo said.
Izzo, after the ninth-ranked Spartans’ practice in preparation for Saturday’s game against Minnesota, said he texted and talked to his junior shooting guard FaceTime before his operation.
“I just feel for the kid, man,” Izzo said after practice Thursday. “He did an unbelievable job of handling it, including being the water boy for us. And yet, his humility was off the charts. But he was hurting. Especially when we lose a couple games.”
The Spartans won their first seven games without Langford, who felt discomfort in his foot against Northern Illinois on Dec. 29 and sat out the second half of that game. After not missing a game in his first 2 1/2 seasons, he sat out a win over Northwestern on Jan. 2 and had a boot on his foot.
Langford averaged 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 40.3 percent per game. He averaged 28.4 minutes in his 13 games this season.
MSU continued to win without him, extending its win streak to 13 games before falling at Purdue on Jan. 27. And it appeared the 6-foot-6 swingman from Huntsville, Alabama, was on the mend from the injury when he got his season-ending diagnosis of a stress reaction to the navicular bone in his midfoot on Jan. 30.