The Michigan Wolverines point guard rotation took a hit on Tuesday night during their 66-64 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. Junior guard Eso Akunne played just two minutes in the Big Ten conference win, but those two minutes ended with bad news.
Akunne sustained an injury to the fifth metatarsal on his left foot that will cause him to undergo surgery this weekend as doctors insert a screw to stabilize the injured bone. Surgery is scheduled to be done Friday at the University of Michigan hospital.
Head coach John Beilein released the following statement regarding his back-up point guard's injury.
"We all feel bad for Eso because he has worked so hard to work his way into this rotation," said Beilein. "His attitude, however, is so good that I am certain he will bounce back from this and return to practice as soon as he can. Eso has been a big part of this team's success over the last two years, even if that does not show up in the boxscore. We hope he will be able to help this team again sometime in March."
Akunne played in just 12 games for the Wolverines this season as one of the back-up guards, but only averaged about four minutes per game in mostly mop-up duty.