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December 27, 2013

Mitch McGary elects for back surgery

And 2013 can't end soon enough for the Michigan athletics programs. Head basketball head coach John Beilein announced Friday that sophomore forward Mitch McGary will be out indefinitely after electing to have a surgery performed on his lower back.

There is no timetable for McGary's return; however, the medical staff expects him to make a full recovery.

"My back problems have been a daily challenge ever since late August," McGary said. "We have worked hard rehabbing the injury and I thought that everything was proceeding in the right direction until the last two weeks. I have consulted with my family, my coaches and our doctors and decided the best option now is to have surgery. This was a difficult decision to make because I want to be out there with my teammates. At the same time, I need to be healthy to give everything I can on the court and help my team."

Michigan, a preseason top 10 squad, will hasn't played with a healthy McGary all year. The Wolverines will likely have to adjust expectations without their sophomore big man, a preseason All-America candidate.

"We want Mitch to be 100 percent healthy again," Beilein said. "He has worked very hard over the last few months and during his earlier rehab. He was making progress in practice and games; however, lately he began to experience the same pain he had when we held him out of preseason practice this fall. Our first priority is Mitch's overall health even though I am certain he would rather be back on the court right now."

Jon Horford has been starting in McGary's place and will likely start Saturday against Holy Cross.

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