Albrecht Out 4-5 Months After Hip Surgery

Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht is out four to five months following hip surgery, Wolverines' Coach John Beilein announced Wednesday.

Michigan will be without the services of both its point guards for the time being as Coach John Beilein announced Spike Albrecht underwent hip surgery at the U-M Hospital.

The surgery was performed on Albrecht’s right hip and is expected to keep him on the shelf for at least four to five months leading up to the 2015-16 season.                                           

"There is no player tougher than Spike Albrecht," said Beilein in a statement released by the University. "He proved that this season playing through injury and continual pain in both hips.

“He never used it as an excuse and I will always admire him for that. We have some of the world's best doctors at the University of Michigan and we are confident he will only get better following this surgery and his summer of rehabilitation.”

 Albrecht will also consider undergoing another procedure to his left hip this off-season. Either way, the outlook is positive and Beilein hopes to see his veteran leader back on the floor when preseason preparation begins in the fall.

“I am not expecting Spike to dunk anytime soon, but we do expect a full recovery by the start of our September workouts,” Beilein said. “We just want Spike to be at his best for his senior year at Michigan."

Albrecht’s junior year was pain ridden as the Indiana native stepped into a more prominent role in the starting rotation following a foot injury to sophomore point guard Derrick Walton Jr.

Albrecht started 18 games in 2014-15 averaging 7.5 points to go with just shy of four assists in 32 minutes a game. Albrecht also shot 91-percent from the free throw line.

Regardless, Albrecht was prepared for this day to come.

"This is something I knew I would have to do and now is the right time," said Albrecht.

"I am so appreciative of all the support I have received from the U-M medical doctors and staff, the U-M coaching staff, my teammates and especially all the Wolverine fans. I cannot wait to get back to the floor playing pain free."

Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.


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