G Langford out indefinitely for No. 1 Michigan State
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Michigan State, ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll, already has suffered a setback, as senior guard Joshua Langford will be out indefinitely because of a foot injury.
Coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday that Langford won't be re-evaluated until January.
Langford was limited to 13 games last season because of a stress fracture in his left foot that required surgery and caused him to miss the Spartans' run to the Final Four.
He began experiencing pain in the foot again during preseason practice, with tests revealing what Izzo called a "stress reaction" in Langford's left foot.
"The kid has been selfless; greatest attitude," Izzo said at a press conference.
"It's one of those weird things that breaks my heart," Izzo added. "Thank god he has strong beliefs in his faith. Although he's very, very, very disappointed, he still believes everything happens for a reason."
Langford averaged 15.0 points in 13 games last season, shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range. He has a career average of 10.2 points with 40.7 percent accuracy from beyond the arc (110 of 270) in 83 games (75 starts).
Senior Kyle Ahrens is a candidate to start next to point guard Cassius Winston, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year.
Michigan State opens its season Nov. 5 against No. 2 Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.