It has been a tough couple of weeks injury-wise for the Michigan State Spartans as another starter has gone down with a devastating injury that will like set him out 4-5 weeks. Branden Dawson was watching film with the team this morning when he slammed his hand on the table out of frustration, resulting in a break.
With a broken hand, the junior forward adds to his torn ACL a couple years ago on his list of injuries as a Spartan and Michigan State places another player on the injured list along with Adreian Payne — although Payne may be back for the game this Saturday against the Michigan Wolverines.
This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the rising star as the Spartans are hosting their rival on Saturday night in prime time — a chance for him to show how much of a star he really can be.
Michigan State has now lost three four starters to injury at some point this season: Gary Harris, Matt Costello and Payne as well.
The Spartans will miss his 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game moving forward. If all goes well with his surgery this evening, Dawson could be back by the second Michigan game on Feb. 23 in Ann Arbor.
Tom Izzo has to be wondering when the bad luck is going to end when it comes to injuries as it seems like every player on the roster has dealt with some issue of their own. Michigan State still stands at 18-1 and 7-0 in the Big Ten which is good for first place — beating Michigan would make them the only unbeaten Big Ten team.
Let’s hope his surgery goes well.
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