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MSU misses Miles Bridges but takes big-picture approach

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Miles Bridges

East Lansing – It’s been less than a week since Miles Bridges has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot and the timetable for his return has not changed even after Michigan State’s struggles in a tight win over Oral Roberts on Saturday.

Tom Izzo is sticking to the original belief the freshman star would be out 2-3 weeks and he’s not about to change that as Michigan State gets set to host Youngstown State on Tuesday.

“I wish I had him back today but I don’t,” Izzo said Monday. “We’re not gonna speed the process. He’s still in a boot and he’s expected to be in it for a couple weeks, and then they’ll let him get out of it and then according to pain – (if he’s) pain free he can start making progress. If not, they’ll hold him out.

“There won’t even be an inkling of a chance of bringing him back earlier, that’s for sure.”

The Spartans could use their leading scorer and rebounder, but making sure they have him by the time Big Ten play begins and for the rest of the season is imperative.

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His 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds a game are missed, but with the next four games at home to close out non-conference play, it’s the best time for Bridges to mend. After Youngstown State, the Spartans host Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Northeastern on Dec. 18 and Oakland on Dec. 21.

“There’s no break, there’s no crack,” Izzo said. “There’s none of that, which would extend things to 6-8 weeks or 5-6 weeks. But it’s not gonna be this week or next week. I said it would probably be two to three weeks and I’m sure that’s what it will be just because you worry about … you’re not gonna do something to get him back (early).”