Michigan junior guard Eso Akunne injured at Purdue, Jon Horford elects to stay home
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Michigan basketball team is now dealing with a pair of injuries.
Junior guard Eso Akunne, an Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard product, left the Wolverines' 66-64 win over Purdue on Tuesday with an apparent leg injury, while sophomore forward Jon Horford once again did not travel with the team.
Akunne played two minutes in the first half, but left the game and did not return. He spent the remainder of the contest on the Michigan bench with a walking boot on his left foot.
Michigan coach John Beilein said he wasn't aware what the extent of Akunne's injury was afterward.
"We weren't going to be able to play him (again)," Beilein said. "We've got to get an X-ray."
As for Horford, Beilein on Monday said the 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore was supposed to travel with the team to Purdue, but a change of plans took place at the last minute.
"He practiced and we were planning (on him) making the trip," Beilein said. "He elected to stay back and work out, he didn't feel good in practice and he didn't feel like he could go 100 percent.
"He said, 'Coach, I don't need to sit around in a hotel room, I need to work out.' So he did therapy and stayed. It was a wise decision by him."
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