Denzel Valentine out 2-3 weeks following surgery

Michigan State Spartans star guard Denzel Valentine will miss the next two to three weeks of action after undergoing surgery this morning to repair a cartilage issue. Valentine’s surgery was announced by coach Tom Izzo and posted to Twitter by Mike Wilson of 247 Sports.

Tom Izzo said MSU will be without Denzel Valentine for 2-3 weeks. Had surgery this morning on a piece of cartilage.

— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) December 21, 2015

Easily the heart and soul of the No. 1 team in the country, Valentine has been phenomenal his senior season and is averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game to go with a shooting percentage of 46. Granted, Michigan State should be deep enough without him that Bryn Forbes and even Eron Harris should be able to carry the scoring load without him, but Valentine is so much more than that. His leadership on the court is what drives this team and without that, Michigan State will enter Big Ten play without its best player.

That shouldn’t affect the team long term, since he should be back for Michigan State’s January 7th game against Illinois at the earliest, but winning becomes a lot harder without him.

Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Valentine’s recovery and eventual return to the hardwood!

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