Branden Dawson’s return to the Michigan State lineup likely won’t be happening until at least another week.

MSU coach Tom Izzo ruled out the junior forward for the No. 13-ranked Spartans’ game against rival and No. 20 Michigan on Sunday in Ann Arbor. It will be the ninth straight game missed by Dawson, who broke a bone in his right hand days before the Spartans’ first meeting against U-M last month.

“The biggest problem they have now is not that it’s healed, it’s the infection,” Izzo said following Friday’s practice. “When they put the cut in it, they worry about infection. That’s why it’s gotta close up or otherwise you’ll have real problems.”

That news ended Izzo’s mid-week hopes of a Sunday return for Dawson, who got the pins removed from his broken hand Friday.

MSU has gone 4-4 since Dawson broke his hand with one of those losses being to the Wolverines. The Spartans also were without Adreian Payne in the first meeting with U-M on Jan. 25, but he has appeared in the last five games and should be on the court for Sunday’s rematch.

Following Sunday, MSU is off until it faces Illinois on March 1, providing time to work Dawson back into the mix. The game against the Illini could potentially be the first time since Jan. 4 against Indiana that the Spartans have had their full complement of players.

“(The break) is good for him and great for us,” Izzo said. “It does come at a good time because we’ll have six days, seven days to get to our next game and hopefully we can work on us a little bit instead of constantly worried about our opponents.