Earlier today, Illinois football fans received some bad news regarding one of the team’s bigger defensive players. ESPN reported that Illini linebacker Mike Svetina will miss eight to ten weeks due to a foot injury.
According to the ESPN report, Illinois sports information director Kent Brown confirmed Friday that Svetina did in fact injure his foot. The injury happened during Tuesday’s practice.
Mike Svetina recorded 57 tackles (25 solo/35 assisted), two tackles-for-loss, and one forced fumble in twelve games last season for the Fighting Illini.
Per ESPN, “Brown said sophomore B.J. Bello and ‘a host of others’ will move into Svetina’s slot.”
With the injury, it’s clear that Svetina will definitely miss the first four games of the season.
There could be a slim chance he returns for the Nebraska game, but Illini Nation should expect to not see him suited up for that game as well.
The real window for Svetina’s return is Oct. 4th to Oct. 18th. This means that he could return for the games against Purdue and Wisconsin.
However, he should be back by Illinois’ Homecoming game against Minnesota (barring any setbacks in his recovery) on Oct. 25th.
The Illinois Fighting Illini open their season at home on August 30th against Youngstown State.
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