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John Beilein ‘not optimistic’ Caris LeVert will be healthy for Maryland

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Michigan’s senior guard Caris LeVert (23) makes a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston Baptist in Ann Arbor, Mich., , Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Junfu Han/The Ann Arbor News via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


Michigan plays a key non-conference road game on Tuesday night, traveling to College Park to take on No. 3 Maryland, who is currently sitting at 4-0 atop the Big Ten standings.

At full strength, that’s a tough place for the Wolverines to win.

But they likely won’t be at full stretch, as John Beilein told reporters on Monday that he is “not optimistic” that LeVert will be healthy by then.

“We elected not to have him practice yesterday and let the healing complete itself,” head coach John Beilein said. “I’m not optimistic about tomorrow. The longer it goes, the more he’s going to need 2-3 days to practice or he won’t be ready and could risk further injury.”

LeVert is dealing with what the program has described as a lower left leg injury, which was suffered in a win over Illinois on Dec. 30th. He practiced last week but has sat out the last two games. The concern involves LeVert’s history with lower left leg injuries; he had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot during the 2014 offseason and had another surgery on a stress fracture in the same foot last January.