Michigan State guard Rocket Watts, right, is fouled by Charleston Southern forward Duncan LeXander (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Michigan State guard Rocket Watts, right, is fouled by Charleston Southern forward Duncan LeXander (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State freshman guard Rocket Watts is expected to miss Sunday's game against Rutgers with an injury.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo told reporters Friday that Watts has been dealing with leg issues and described the injury as a stress reaction on a bone. Izzo said Watts' availability next week could also be affected.

Watts has started the first eight games this season for the 11th-ranked Spartans. He's averaging 6.5 points per game.

Michigan State opens Big Ten play Sunday, then faces Oakland University on Dec. 14 in Detroit.

The Spartans have already had to deal with one major injury. Senior guard Joshua Langford had a setback in his return from a foot injury and hasn't played this season. Izzo said recently he is not counting on Langford coming back.

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