Report: Denzel Valentine expects to return next week for Michigan State

Michigan State point guard Denzel Valentine has been one of the best players in the country this season and he has helped the Spartans look like one of the top teams in the country this year. Valentine hasn’t played for the last few weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery just before Christmas.

According to reports, Valentine looks to be back for the Spartans next week as Big Ten play heats up for the top-ranked team in the country. Valentine spoke with ESPN’s Myron Medcaff before Saturday’s matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

“I’ll probably be back for the Penn State game,” Valentine told Medcalf. “I just have to get some of the swelling down [in the knee].”

Valentine is a front-runner for the Player of the Year award this year as he has averaged 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. The Spartans missed that earlier this week as they fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes, which will likely cause them to fall from the number one ranking in the country.

The Spartans play Penn State on January 10, which means Valentine will miss just one more game, on January 7 against Illinois.

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