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John Calipari: Alex Poythress still few months away from being fully healed

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

While Alex Poythress is progressing in his rehab from a torn ACL, don't expect to see him fully recovered for another few months.

During Monday's SEC teleconference,  John Calipari revealed Poythress is still a few months away from being able to fully practice.

"He’s good. He’s only five months out. He needs another three months, or at least two months, and we’ll see from there," Calipari said. "He was so physically strong, the doctors are amazed that around his leg – the one thing he has to do is he’s working so hard on that leg that was repaired – the knee – that the other leg has to catch up now, the strong leg, the healthy leg."

Poythress, a 6-foot-8 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds for Kentucky this past season before suffering his torn ACL in practice. He has played in a team-high 81 career games with 39 starts.

Once he returns, Poythress will likely be the starting power forward for the Cats, though he could also play on the wing some. 2015-16 will technically be his senior season, but Poythress will have another year of eligibility because of hid tear allowing him to take a medical redshirt for last year.