Caris LeVert can walk ‘pain-free,’ won’t return just yet

Michigan coach John Beilein announced today that star guard Caris LeVert can now walk without pain, but isn’t quite ready to return yet.

“He’s walking around pain-free,” Beilein said to reporters, including Mark Snyder of The Detroit Free Press. “We’re going to get some more tests this week. We’ve been testing him physically, now medical tests.”

LeVert has been dealing with a lower leg injury that has kept him out of action for all of January. He has twice in the past two years broken a foot that required surgery. Despite his latest injury, he is averaging 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Snyder’s report offered further details of what’s next for LeVert.

“There was only rehab available as an option to this point and every few days, they’ve tried to have him run through some physical challenges, to see how his leg responded. If there was pain, they shut him down. They were just hoping for the time there was not. Now that they reached that, there will be another thorough exam.”

Michigan has gone 2-2 without LeVert and just beat Maryland in Ann Arbor. On the year, the Wolverines are 13-5 (3-2 Big Ten) and while it is understandable why LeVert is being held out until fully healthy, especially since his next stop is the 2016 NBA Draft, his teammates would love to have him back sooner rather than later so that a late season push can be made.

Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on LeVert’s recovery and eventual return to the hardwood!

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