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During his Thursday press conference, John Calipari provided a timetable on the Jarred Vanderbilt injury. We still don’t know when he will see the floor for game action but we have an idea of when he will return to the practice floor.
Calipari said that Vanderbilt, who suffered an injury to his left foot, would probably start practicing at the end of the month. That update provides no clear-cut answer to when he will join the team for game action but it does shed some light on a few possibilities.
When the injury was first announced in late September, early indications were he would make his debut sometime in January. With today’s news, a return in December is a possibility.
Calipari and the training staff want to be 100 percent sure with Vanderbilt’s health. He has said multiple times that he will not be rushed back and that his long-term health is in mind.
The issue with his return will be conditioning and developing a feel for the system. Just because he is set to return to the practice floor later this month, doesn’t mean it could take a few weeks to get him into playing shape. However, we now have a timetable and we know Kentucky has to do without him for at least the first few weeks of the schedule.