Michigan State’s basketball roster won’t be at full strength for the start of the season. Small forward Kyle Ahrens is out indefinitely after re-injuring his right foot during practice, the team announced Wednesday.
Ahrens, a 6-foot-6 junior, first hurt the foot earlier in the offseason, but was back in the court in October. In a statement, Tom Izzo said there was a “cloud over practice” after he re-injured the foot.
“Everyone in the program feels absolutely awful for Kyle,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. “When he got hurt there was a cloud over practice because all of his teammates have the utmost respect for him and knew how hard he had worked to get back on the court. He had a great spring and summer before being injured the first time, and for him to re-injure the same foot is a cruel twist of fate. It’s a setback for Kyle, but he’s a tough kid and we know that he’ll work his way back.”
Ahrens played in 34 games for the Spartans during the 2016-17 season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.2 minutes per game. He was set to backup Michigan State star Miles Bridges this season. Bridges played 36 minutes in an exhibition game against Georgia.
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