Iowa guard Anthony Clemmons has caught the case of the injury bug recently. He's had it for a few weeks as he deals with a hip pointer. Despite the ailment, Clemmons started against Nebraska but was not very effective. It hindered his movement and jumping ability and he was not efficient at all from the field.
It's been a week since the Huskers were in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Clemmons' health has improved. He is expected to play Thursday night in East Lansing against Michigan State.
"He's fine," head coach Fran McCaffery said at his press conference on Tuesday to preview the contest against the Spartans. "(He's been practicing for) a couple of days."
"I'm feeling really good," the senior guard shared. "Yesterday was my first time practicing fully through the whole practice. It felt pretty good. I did a lot of jumping today. I got some shots up. I'm just trying to get back into a rhythm."
McCaffery has confidence that Clemmons is ready to go for the Big Ten bout and the encore between Iowa and Michigan State.
"I mean, yesterday was his first full day (of practice), but he's participated in part of the practices before," the head coach explained. "He's worked out on his own. Sunday was an off-day and he was in the gym on his own. That's when he knew he was ready."
The Hawkeye starter isn't as healthy as he probaby would like to be but feels good enough to make the trip and jump on the floor against Tom Izzo's bunch.
"I'm still getting treatment," Clemmons revealed. "At some point I will be back 100 percent but you just have to go with what you got and be able to push through."
The 9 day lay-off has been real conducive to the healing process, and though unusual, it's helped out Iowa in terms of health.
"I don't think anybody likes breaks this long, but if you have a guy who is injured, you know, it certainly benefits him," McCaffery admitted. "And we're thrilled about that because obviously he's a very important part of what we do."
Iowa travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. CST on ESPN.