It looks as though the Kentucky Wildcats may be at full health as soon as next week.
For now, the concern is at Texas A&M, where a hobbled Derek Willis and Marcus Lee are battling injuries in hopes of playing today vs the Aggies. Lee is dealing with a back strain suffered during Thursday's win over Tennessee, while Willis has a variety of minor injuries that have had him walking around like an old man over the past few days.
It looks like both of them will play vs the Aggies, and fellow big man Alex Poythress may return as soon as next Saturday at Vanderbilt. That's what Kyle tucker is reporting a few hours before tipoff at A&M:
Believe Willis and Lee will both be fine for today's game and hearing Poythress still on track to return next week, most likely Sat.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) February 20, 2016
There's' also been photos of both Lee and Willis at shootaround today, suggesting they would both go.
A few more sights from shootaround, courtesy of @UKphotogs. pic.twitter.com/pHv88hRHdO— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 20, 2016
Marcus Lee will wear custom @UKDanceBlue Jordans today. #FTK pic.twitter.com/B4LLl673MR— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 20, 2016
Tucker reported back on Wednesday that Alex may return next week after the senior forward had a minor procedure done on his non-surgically repaired knee two weeks ago. Having all three of these guys back for the final three games at Vandy, at Florida and at home vs LSU would be huge for the Cats as they look to finish strong and earn a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament.