Needing to bounce back from its first loss of the season, Michigan State is dealing with several injuries – including a couple that could force players to miss time.
The most serious of the potential absences is sophomore big man Matt Costello, who overcame illness to get six points, four rebounds and four blocks off the bench against North Carolina. However, head coach Tom Izzo said on the Big Ten conference call Monday that Costello could miss “two to three weeks minimum” with this illness. It could be mononucleosis, but that hasn't been confirmed by tests.
Sophomore star Gary Harris was spotted in a walking boot over the weekend, after injuring his right ankle against North Carolina – the same ankle he sprained back in August.
"I really got to sit down and give it some rest and really let it heal properly the right way,'' Harris said last week. "It's never been the same since I did what I did in the summer.''
Adreian Payne had conditioning and stamina issues against North Carolina, suffering from cramps at times. Izzo said Payne has been dealing with plantar fasciitis.
And lastly, senior Keith Appling landed on his hip after a hard fall against North Carolina, but returned to the game in the second half. He should return to practice.
“Your guess is as good as mine,” Izzo said when asked who will play on Saturday against Oakland.