Jon Horford seen returning this week

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan forward Jon Horford will miss Tuesday night's game against No. 9 Michigan State, but is expected to return to full practice this week for the first time since December, coach John Beilein said.

Horford, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, has missed the last nine games for Michigan (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) as he continues to rehab from a stress fracture in his right foot.

"He's jump shooting now, doing a couple of things," Beilein said. "He stayed home this weekend so he could just do therapy and then Thursday, Friday, we're going to go hard with him and see how he looks.

"He has a shot at full-go Thursday, Friday if he feels OK and then we have to make a decision."

That decision is whether or not to play Horford again this season. If he doesn't play, he would be eligible for a medical redshirt, because he played in fewer than 30 percent of Michigan's games to start the season.

Horford, the younger brother of NBA All-Star Al Horford, has averaged 2.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 10.8 minutes off the bench for Michigan in nine games this season.

After Tuesday, Michigan's next game is at Arkansas on Saturday.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for WolverineNation. He can be reached at michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or on Twitter@mikerothstein.