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Thomas Kithier breaks nose at practice: Will play against No. 2 Kentucky

The sophomore starting big man will be a full participant in practice and play with a mask

October 31, 2019
Freshman forward Thomas Kithier (15) waits for a pass during the game against Oakland University at Breslin Center on Dec. 21, 2018. The Spartans defeated the Grizzlies, 99-69.
Freshman forward Thomas Kithier (15) waits for a pass during the game against Oakland University at Breslin Center on Dec. 21, 2018. The Spartans defeated the Grizzlies, 99-69. —
Photo by Anntaninna Biondo | The State News

Michigan State men's basketball has confirmed that sophomore starting power forward Thomas Kithier suffered a broken nose at practice on Wednesday Oct. 30.

The blow comes after losing starting senior guard Joshua Langford earlier this month to a foot injury until at least January, and senior starting forward Kyle Ahrens to an ankle injury soon after. While the two seniors will be slated to sit out for some extent of time, it appears Kithier will play through the nose injury.

It is expected that Kithier will wear a mask for the time being, and will be a full participant in practice, as Michigan State gets ready to play No. 2 Kentucky Tuesday in the Champions Classic.

Kithier's injury comes after a strong starting performance against Albion in their exhibition game on Tuesday. He lead the team in rebounds with 11 and added seven points, going 2-3 from the field.

The Spartans hope that Kithier is back to 100% by Nov. 5, as he will be a crucial part of their already handicapped roster.

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