Michigan's Mitch McGary limited due to ankle/foot injury, Jon Horford twists knee at practice
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The season hasn't started yet, but the Michigan basketball team is already dealing with various bumps and bruises on the injury front.
Michigan coach John Beilein said Thursday during Big Ten Media Day that freshman forward Mitch McGary has been limited in practice of late due to a lingering ankle/foot injury.
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Jon Horford twisted his knee at practice Wednesday. The severity of Horford's injury is not known.
"Mitch McGary is still working on something with his ankle and foot," Beilein said. "We're trying to protect some areas, some guys may get on the bike when it's time for sprints.
"He's almost full-go (in practice), we're trying to build up some strength in one of his legs that he had had some atrophy from a prior injury."
While Beilein said McGary is close to reaching a point where he can practice at full-speed with the team for the duration of a workout, he did admit some of the freshman's development has been limited early on this fall.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound McGary, once considered the top power forward prospect in America, is expected to fight for major minutes in Michigan's rotation this season.
McGary's father, Tim, told MLive.com in April that his son had bouts with plantar fasciitis since the seventh grade.
"When you can't go full-go all the time (it hurts)," Beilein said. "But we're very hopeful he can have this, not necessarily fixed, but much more manageable when we get to the season.
"He does a lot of rehab right now, but it doesn't (change his practice routine) but for a little bit."
Horford, meanwhile, twisted a knee toward the end of practice on Wednesday. Beilein said he hoped to have a full diagnosis on the injury later Thursday.
"I don't have a report yet," Beilein said. "It happened with five minutes to go in practice yesterday, it ended practice as we were (coming to Big Ten Media Day).
"We are concerned about Jon. I'll get a report later on today."
Horford redshirted last season after suffering a broken bone in his foot during the early portion of non-conference play.
He entered training camp completely rehabilitated from the foot injury, and ready to play.