Michigan F Jon Horford has knee strain

Michigan redshirt sophomore Jon Horford has a left knee strain. AP Photo/Eugene Tanner

Michigan redshirt sophomore forward Jon Horford is back on the mend again. This time, though, the No. 5 Wolverines are hoping he won’t miss significant time.

Horford has a left knee strain, Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement Friday.

“Jon will be back hopefully in a short period of time after straining his left knee,” Beilein said. “Right now it is too early to predict, however, we are optimistic he will return for the season opener.”

Michigan’s first game is Thursday, an exhibition against Northern Michigan. Its season opener is Nov. 9 against Division II Slippery Rock.

This is the second consecutive season the son of former NBA player Tito Horford and brother of NBA All-Star Al Horford has struggled with injury. He missed the majority of last season with a stress fracture in his foot, causing him to receive a redshirt for last season.

Horford averaged 2.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 38 career games. He is expected to be a key role player for Michigan this season.