Johnson expected to return for Colorado State

After opening up the season with three straight wins at Williams Arena, coach Tubby Smith said he thought the effect of not having two of his teamâÄôs veterans on the floor was apparent. But half that problem is expected to be solved for MinnesotaâÄôs game at Colorado State this weekend with the return of junior forward Damian Johnson. Johnson broke his non-shooting hand in practice on Oct. 20 and had successful surgery on Oct. 21. The Gophers didnâÄôt expect to have him back for four to six weeks . After SundayâÄôs win against Georgia State, Smith said Minnesota will likely have Johnson on the floor for this SaturdayâÄôs game in Fort Collins, Colo. âÄúHeâÄôs been running and doing everything,âÄù Smith said. âÄúHeâÄôll be ready to play against Colorado State.âÄù Johnson was suited up for all three of the GophersâÄô games over the weekend and went through warm-ups, but never saw game time.