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Indiana basketball point guard Xavier Johnson ‘still going to be out’ for a while



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Indiana basketball head coach Mike Woodson provided a bit of clarity on Xavier Johnson's rehab process on Monday. (Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports)

Indiana basketball has been without its starting point guard in Xavier Johnson and the timeline for his return to action is still a bit murky.

On Monday, Indiana basketball head coach Mike Woodson provided a bit of an update — and provided some clarity on the rehab process for Johnson.

“He’s still going to be out. I don’t know how long,” Woodson said. “He’s doing some work on the stationary bike and elliptical. He’s doing some work there. He’s not back out on the floor yet. Hopefully soon. We need our senior point guard back.”

Johnson exited Indiana’s win over Harvard nearly a month ago shortly before halftime. He tried warming up before the second half but was unable to go. He has missed the last four games since the second half of Harvard.

Johnson has been wearing a boot since the injury.

“Well, it’s been tough for him. I mean, you go back-to-back years where you’re not playing basketball. We went into this season expecting him to be on the floor. He’s not there,” Woodson said last week. “I know it’s tough on him. It’s tough on us. But we got to keep marching along based on who we got in uniform until he gets back. When that is, I don’t know yet. I just don’t.”

He is averaging 10.5 points, 2.3 assists and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field in six games this year.

Johnson, who played in just 11 games last season due to a broken foot, was fully healthy to begin this year.

Johnson’s future timeline is still to be determined.

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