Michigan State's Keith Appling waits to enter the game against Michigan in the first half Saturday night at Breslin Center. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
East Lansing — While it appears Adreian Payne will miss his sixth consecutive game Tuesday when Michigan State (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) travels to Iowa, Keith Appling has every intention of being in the starting lineup against the Hawkeyes.
Appling has been bothered by hip and wrist injuries, but it’s the injury to his right wrist that has become a problem. He aggravated it last week against Indiana and struggled shooting the ball in the loss to Michigan.
But with Payne likely out and Branden Dawson certainly out with a broken hand, Appling has no plans to sit.
“We already have two of our players down,” Appling said Monday. “If I chose to sit down, who knows what would happen?”
As for Payne, coach Tom Izzo said the senior is running near 80 percent and will start to do more work near the end of the week. It could likely lead to a return next when Penn State comes to town on Feb. 6.
But as for the game at Iowa, Izzo described Payne’s status as “slim to none to none.”