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East Lansing — Michigan State sophomore forward Marvin Clark Jr. will miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a left foot injury, the school announced on Tuesday.

It did not offer any specifics on the injury.

Clark (6-foot-6, 225) appeared in all 39 of Michigan State’s games as a freshman, starting seven, and averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. He was expected to compete for the starting power forward position this season for the Spartans, along with freshman Deyonta Davis.

Michigan State, coming off its seventh Final Four appearance in Tom Izzo’s 20 seasons as head coach, begins practice on Oct. 2 and plays its first preseason game Nov. 4 against Northern Michigan before beginning the regular season Nov. 13 at home against Florida Atlantic.

The following week the Spartans take on Kansas in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

Clark played in the team’s four games in Italy in August but struggled, according to Izzo.

“Most of the time he was going against big guys who could move and do a lot of things, and I think the style hurt Marv,” Izzo said. “I think Marv will play better. He did play better the last game and made a couple shots.”

This is the second straight season a player has suffered a foot injury just before practice was set to begin. Last year, freshman Javon Bess injured his right foot and played only 12 games. The injury bothered him on-and-off all season and he eventually sat the final 17 games after undergoing a second surgery on the foot.

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