Big Ten favorite Michigan State will be without star junior guard Joshua Langford for the rest of the season, the team announced moments ago.
Langford, a third year player out of Alabama, played in the team's first 13 games of the season, averaging 15 points per contest, and scoring in double-digits in each game until Dec. 29.
That day, he left the contest against Northern Illinois with just 12 minutes of play under his belt.
The Michigan State co-captain was said to have a foot issue, but we now know more about the extent of his issue.
Head coach Tom Izzo says that it wound up being a "stress injury."
The team hopes that Langford may return this year with time to rest, but instead, he will need surgery which will end his season.
Michigan State put out a release about Joshua Langford's injury status moments ago.
"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."
Langford averaged 15 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, all of which were set to be career high marks. He was also shooting over 40-percent from three for a third straight year, and just under 84-percent from the free throw line.
The No. 6 Spartans have been very good in his absence, with just one loss: the team's most recent game at Purdue. Still, this one changes the outlook for Michigan State a bit going forward.