Michigan's Jon Horford not ready to return from knee injury, but team does expect him back this season
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan sophomore forward Jon Horford is not ready to return to game action from a dislocated kneecap injury, but the Wolverines still do in fact expect him to play again at some point this season.
Coach John Beilein said Friday that Horford has not yet been cleared to practice with the team, and the overall timetable for his possible return is still unclear right now.
"He's progressing well, but he won't be playing (Saturday vs. Central Michigan), he's not ready yet," Beilein said. "I just defer to the trainers, they just go through it all -- I don't even ask them, until they start telling me when they think he's getting closer.
"He does drills on his own, he shoots on his own -- but based on what (the training staff) thinks he can handle."
Beilein said the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Horford is currently keeping his cardio up with pool workouts and individual drills with the training staff, and hopes to remain in good enough shape to return at some point this season.
He injured his knee during Michigan's win over West Virginia in Brooklyn earlier this month. Horford missed almost all of last season with a broken bone in his foot, and dealt with a similar knee injury prior to the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
Michigan does in fact expect Horford back in uniform this season, and remains optimistic. But it's still unclear as to whether or not the injury may require surgery at some point -- during or after the season.
"I can't answer that," Beilein said. "I don't really know."
As far as the rest of the team goes, Beilein said Michigan is currently dealing with a normal amount of "bumps and bruises" heading into Saturday's game against Central Michigan (7 p.m., Big Ten Network).
He would not specify who, exactly, was bumped and bruised, though.
"Just typical stuff from when they come back (from the holiday break)," Beilein said. "We'll know more after (Friday's) practice and wait and see what we have."
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