Evan Turner Will Return For Indiana Game Wednesday

Do-everything guard Evan Turner will return to the Ohio State lineup a month earlier than expected after suffering a back injury against Eastern Michigan on December 5.

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Evan Turner Could Return From Back Injury For Indiana Game

That sound you heard was Thad Matta letting out a sigh of relief: Ohio State star shooting guard Evan Turner could potentially be back from his broken back a month sooner than originally expected. The Columbus Dispatch reports that, according to an unnamed source close to the team, if Turner is able to practice on Tuesday without any setbacks, the surefire lottery pick could return for the team's Wednesday game against Indiana.

Turner had an X-ray on his lower back on Monday, and while the team has not released the results, they were apparently encouraging enough that Turner should be back within the next two weeks, if not sooner. Turner originally injured his back on December 5th in a game against Eastern Michigan, after landing awkwardly during a scary fall.


Ohio State has struggled in Turner's absence, going 3-3, but opening Big Ten play at 0-2.

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Big Ten Network: Turner Gone For Eight Weeks

Evan Turner fell on his back after a dunk attempt in the first half of Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan. According to Big Ten Network, Turner suffered a “transverse process fracture of the second and third lumbar vertebra of his spine.”

Turner was the OSU’s leading scorer (20.6 ppg), rebounder (12.9 rpg) and assist man (6.6 apg), so Jon Diebler, David Lighty and the rest of the Buckeyes have a lot of production to make up over the next two months.

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