After Setback, MSU's Joshua Langford Out Until At Least January

His comeback will have to wait.

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October 22, 2019 - 1:12 pm

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It was supposed to be a season of redemption for Michigan State's Joshua Langford. Perhaps it still will be. 

But any comeback will have to wait. 

The Spartans' senior shooting guard will be out until at least January after he suffered a setback in his recovery from the ankle injury that sidelined him for most of last season. Tom Izzo and the team got the news Monday night. 

“It breaks my heart,” Izzo told reporters Tuesday. “I love Josh Langford. He's given me everything on the court, off the court, in the classroom."

Langford did his best to battle back from the injury last season, but was ultimately ruled out for good in late January. From then on, he became a player-coach on the sideline, landing a hand to Izzo and his assistants in any way possible. 

"I'm not on the court, but I'm still on the court -- if you really think about it -- because I'm still using my voice," Langford said last season. "I'm still reminding guys what they need to do. That’s what I was doing when I was playing, and I'm not going to stop." 

That will become his role once again to start off this season, which begins for No. 1 Michigan State two weeks from today against No. 2 Kentucky. The Spartans will miss his scoring prowess until he returns, though they proved last season they can win games without him.

Aaron Henry blossomed in Langford's absence. 

Langford underwent ankle surgery last year, returned to action this summer and was back to 100 percent by September. Then he hit another speed-bump, and now he'll embark on another recovery.