Posted February 07, 2014

MSU coach Tom Izzo has ‘no idea’ when Keith Appling will return

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Michigan State guard Keith Appling (right) is averaging 15 points a game this season. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State guard Keith Appling (right) is averaging 15 points per game this season. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said he has “no idea” when guard Keith Appling will return to the team.

Appling hurt his wrist Dec. 4 against North Carolina but did not miss a game until last night. The Spartans routed Penn State 82-67 without him, and the team welcomed back forward Adreian Payne after a foot injury that forced him to miss seven games.

“I have no idea,” Izzo said, via to MLive.com. “This has been the most frustrating. It’s beyond disgusting. I have no timeframe. I know he won’t practice tomorrow. Whether he does on Saturday or plays Sunday or whether we’re going (to Wisconsin) without him, I wish I could tell you. If I knew, I’d tell you.”

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The ninth-ranked Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big 10) play Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5) on Sunday.

“We need Keith,” Izzo said. “Keith is still our best defender, he’s still our best athlete, and he’s having a monster year considering what he’s played with for the last month and a half.”


2 comments
x72
x72

Early exit this year for sparty.

davidclinton
davidclinton

Keith needs to rest the wrist and himself.  You could see him running out of steam the past two weeks.  This team will survive without him till he is healed.  He is a great player..but not superman..