The Minnesota men’s basketball team received some promising news ahead of its Big Ten tilt with Ohio State at noon ET on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Amir Coffey, the Golden Gophers’ third-leading scorer (14.1 points per game) is active and expected to play according to the program’s Twitter account. He missed the past five games with a shoulder injury.
Injury Update: Sophomore guard Amir Coffey is active and expected to play today vs. Ohio State. #Gophers.
— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) January 20, 2018
Amir Coffey participating in early shootaround. Interesting. pic.twitter.com/BsThuht90s
— Jake Depue (@jakedepue) January 20, 2018
His return likely comes as a surprise for coach Richard Pitino, who at the time of the injury said Coffey “won’t be back anytime soon.” He was hopeful Coffey, one of the Golden Gophers’ top players, would return later in the season.
Coffey has been sidelined since he suffered a humeral avulsion glenohumeral ligament (HAGL) injury to his right shoulder against Illinois on Jan. 3.
Since then, Minnesota, which has also been without starting center Reggie Lynch (suspension), has gone 1-4.