Irvin to miss 6-to-8 weeks after back surgery

Michigan announced junior guard Zak Irvin will miss 6-to-8 weeks after a back procedure.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan basketball program will be without one of its experienced guards for a considerable amount of time.

Head coach John Beilein announced on Wednesday that junior guard Zak Irvin is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks following a back procedure which will take place at the University of Michigan hospital.

"We expect a 100 percent recovery for Zak after this procedure," said Beilein in a statement. "We will not rush his return, but given Zak's work habits and determined attitude we anticipate he will be back on the court and at full speed sometime near the beginning of our season."

If the timeline holds up, Irvin should be back in time for exhibition play this season.

Last season, Irvin averaged 14.3 points-per-game and scored in double-figures during 27-of-32 games. He, along with point guard Spike Albrecht, were announced as U-M’s Most Valuable Players of the 2014-2015 season.

Albrecht, who underwent offseason hip surgery, has returned to the court. U-M also expects guard Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton back at full strength as well.

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