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Positive De’Aaron Fox injury update ahead of UT game; Mychal Mulder still sick

The news is good with De’Aaron Fox, but not so much with Mychal Mulder.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like De’Aaron Fox could return to action as soon as this week.

The freshman point guard shed his walking boot Monday and was seen around campus without it. He even posted about his treatment and was also present for Monday’s meeting with the media. Though he didn’t speak, Fox was seen walking with his ankles taped and shoes in hand as he made his way to practice.

It’s unclear if Fox did practice, and assistant coach Kenny Payne said as much to the media. Still, just seeing Fox walking around with no boot suggests it was nothing more than a low-grade sprain, not the high-ankle variety that could sideline him for several weeks.

We probably shouldn’t expect to see Fox much, if at all Tuesday when Kentucky faces Tennessee in Knoxville. With the injury having just happened Saturday, there’s no reason to risk further injury before the Cats host No. 1 Kansas on Saturday.

That’s when they’ll need Fox as close to 100-percent as possible. Payne did say that, if Fox is out, UK will continue to rely on Isaiah Briscoe and Dominique Hawkins to handle the point guard duties.

As for senior guard Mychal Mulder, he’s still dealing with the illness that sidelined him last Saturday vs South Carolina and looks very iffy for Tuesday.

“Hopefully we’ll get him back soon,” Payne said of Mulder on Monday. “We need him.”

Mulder was starting to earn more minutes and a bigger role before missing Saturday, so hopefully he’s back soon. you’d hate to see a senior miss out on his chance to become a key player for a Final Four contender.