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MSU’s Bridges ‘doing really well’ but unlikely to play Friday

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Miles Bridges

East Lansing – The chances of Miles Bridges taking the court on Friday night when Michigan State plays Northwestern remain virtually non-existent, but his return to the lineup continues to get closer.

The freshman forward went through his most extensive workouts during practice Thursday, though Michigan State coach Tom Izzo remains cautious about pushing his star to return too quickly.

“He’s doing really well,” Izzo said. “But there’s such a fine line in this whole thing.”

Bridges last played on Nov. 29 against Duke and has missed the last six games. In that span, Michigan State has gone 5-1, including winning its Big Ten opener on Tuesday at Minnesota. However, there’s little doubt all parties are eager to get Bridges back on the court.

“He’s so excited to get started, but I can’t go on what he thinks,” Izzo said. “I can go on how he feels but still have to make a decision and that will be, for me, a very educated one as far as (talking to) people about what they think and what the doctors say. We just want to make sure it doesn’t linger, but he’s getting closer.”

While he likely won’t be back against Northwestern, Bridges could be back next week when Michigan State hosts Rutgers then travels to Philadelphia to face Penn State.

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Assuming Bridges continues to progress, that’s the more likely scenario.

“He hasn't been running up and down yet, a lot," Izzo said. “He's dunking a little bit, which I cringe on. But I think starting pretty soon we'll get him up and down (the court) a little bit more. Then we'll take a three- or four-day period, make sure it's not sore or anything. If that goes well, then I think you can jump in with two feet.”