“It’s with great sadness that I have to announce that after numerous studies, rehabilitation and an attempt at return, it has been determined that Josh will miss the remainder of the season,” coach Tom Izzo said in a release Wednesday night. “Josh has a stress injury that we caught fairly early and we had hoped that, with treatment and rest, he would recover. He has not, and will likely need surgery to prevent problems in the future.”
The 6-foot-6 swingman from Huntsville, Alabama, averaged 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 40.3 percent per game. He averaged 28.4 minutes in his 13 games before leaving the Northern Illinois game on Dec. 29 and not playing since.
“We hate this for Josh and our team, as he was one of our leading scorers, one of our top 3-point shooters and one of our two best defensive guards,” Izzo said. “But our commitment to Josh and his long term health is paramount. Josh has seen the best specialist in the country on this issue and we are putting together a plan for his complete recovery for the 2019-20 season.
“Throughout the process, Josh has done everything asked of him, while maintaining an amazing attitude and doing whatever he could to help his teammates. His selfless attitude is the reason there were tears throughout the meeting room when we shared the news with his team."
Langford, who was selected as captain with senior Matt McQuaid this season, did not miss a game in his first 2 1/2 seasons at MSU prior to the injury.
“I’ve never felt worse for a player than I do for Josh, but he’s a very religious kid who believes everything happens for a reason,” Izzo said. “He’s constantly telling me to not worry about him, but focus on the team. It’s the reason I have so much respect and admiration for the way he’s handled the injury.”
The Spartans (18-3, 9-1 Big Ten) are 7-1 without Langford. They host Indiana on Saturday at Breslin Center. Tipoff is 6 p.m.).