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Jon Horford injury: Michigan forward progressing, but not yet ready to return

Michigan Wolverines sophomore forward Jon Horford (dislocated knee cap) is not ready to return yet, but he still hopes to come back at some point this year.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines sophomore forward Jon Horford suffered a disolcated left kneecap during the team's win over West Virginia on Dec. 15, and although he's progressing in his recovery he is still not ready to return. When reporters asked head coach John Beilein whether the injury will require surgery, the coach merely said: "I can't answer that, I don't really know."

The 6'10 sophomore forward has been working to rehab from the injury, but Beilein has turned the process over to the doctors and the trainers (via

"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."

Horford is a Lansing native and the brother of Atlanta Hawks power forward Al Horford. He has played less than 400 minutes with the program, but he has been severly limited by injuries. He was forced to redshirt last year due to a broken bone in his foot, and since then he has dealt with knee injuries. So far in 2012-13 he has posted averages of 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.

The No. 2 Wolverines are set to start their Big Ten season on Jan. 3 against the Northwestern Wildcats.