Eso Akunne to Miss 6-8 Weeks Following Foot Surgery

Dylan Burkhardt

Akunne-Eso-2011-12_thumb1[1]Eso Akunne will be sidelined for the next six to eight weeks following foot surgery. Here’s the athletic department release:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Thursday, Jan. 26) that junior guard Eso Akunne (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard HS) will miss 6-to-8 weeks following surgery on his left foot.

“We all feel bad for Eso because he has worked so hard to work his way into this rotation,” said Beilein. “His attitude, however, is so good that I am certain he will bounce back from this and return to practice as soon as he can. Eso has been a big part of this team’s success over the last two years, even if that does not show up in the box score. We hope he will be able to help this team again sometime in March!”

Akunne is scheduled for surgery Friday, Jan. 27, at the University of Michigan Hospital and will have a screw inserted into his left foot to help stabilize an injury on his fifth metatarsal.

Akunne has played in 12 games off the bench this season. Twice this season he scored a career-best five points — Iowa State (Dec. 3) and Alabama A&M (Dec. 17) — and has gone 7-for-8 from the field with a 4-for-5 tally from long range.

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  • JRose5

    Indiana_Matt-I too am from the Muncie are, what high school did you attend? The Evans kid can definately shoot, but I’m with you, he doesn’t play a real tough schedule.

    • JRose5

      correction-make that area, not are

  • A2JD

    That’s a shame.  He’s provided some good moments this season.  Hopefully, this can at least turn into a positive for Brundidge.

  • ScottGoBlue

    A thin bench gets thinner. This doesn’t bode well for the stretch run. Eso didn’t have but a few minutes of PT on the year, but is reliable. I keep thinking Beilein is gonna get more minutes for his bench, but … Looks like it’s 6 guys and cross your fingers from here on out.

    • Stevenjc3

      Dude…over-dramatic much?  He averages 2 mins a game…provides nothing.  He is semi-embarrsing bringing the ball up the court.  Stu will play PG for 2 mins and it will be the same.

      • Mattski

        And you. . . are. . . Kobe Bryant? I hate this kind of harshing-on-the-players kind of post. Respect the team; they’re representing my school. 

      • serious

        Stop trolling.

      • ScottGoBlue

        Not over-dramatic. Eso’s injury combined with Horford’s lingering injury means our thin bench is thinner. I’m saying cross your fingers, meaning we must hope no one in our 6-man rotation gets hurt, because there’s even less behind them now. Also Eso been a reliable shooter and (per Beilein’s comments) a valuable asset in practice. That’s not “nothing”, as you suggested.

      • Joel_C

        He hasn’t played many minutes this year but saying be provides nothing is pretty harsh – he’s hit a few 3’s for us and provided Burke/other guys with much-needed rest. Plus it’s hard on any player to overcome an injury like that. It’d be great if he can come back for the B1G tourney or at least THE tourney.

  • Mattski

    Dylan, have you seen these picture pages of Beilein’s offense? Someone posted them at mgoblog: 

    Was thinking it would be neat to do a little clinic with them, diagrams and some illustrative video from actual games, help get some of us more up to speed on the basic o.Maybe not mid-season, but something to think about for the slack times. 

    Btw, this place is humming, and I’m glad to see the traffic up. Kudos. 

  • MGoTweeter

    get well soon Eso! 

    Even though he was not a huge contributor on gameday, I am sure he is an invaluable piece on the practice court.  The team will miss him well beyond any quantifiable number from a box score.