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Jarred Vanderbilt injury news: Doing individual work; no guarantee he plays this season

It sounds like Jarred Vanderbilt won’t be playing anytime soon.

NCAA Basketball: IUPU - Ft. Wayne at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Harvard, head coach John Calipari gave an injury update on Jarred Vanderbilt.

With December arriving, the expectation had previously been that Vanderbilt would return to practice at the end of November. However, that has not happened yet, as Vanderbilt is only doing individual work at this time, Calipari revealed.

"He's doing individual work right now,” said Calipari. “We'll let it play out.”

Calipari went as far as to say he’s unsure if Vanderbilt will play this season, and the decision to do so ultimately lies with Vanderbilt, who is recovering from a significant foot injury sustained in late September.

“It's not going to be my call, it'll be his," said Calipari.

Calipari also stressed that this is a process that everyone simply has to let play out. The good news is Calipari did admit Vanderbilt could probably play right now if he was in shape.

But Vanderbilt’s foot injury has kept him from doing any real strenuous work for over a month now. That’s why it will probably take several more weeks for the freshman forward to get his body in shape enough to play a college basketball game.

I think Vanderbilt ultimately plays this season, but it’s now clear that it’s no longer a guarantee it happens. For now, we shouldn’t expect to see Vanderbilt play against Harvard, Monmouth or Virginia Tech over the next three weeks.

It’s starting to look like he may not even play against UCLA or Louisville to end the month, so we may wind up not seeing Vanderbilt in 2017, but 2018 is when the games matter most.

Hopefully, that’s when Vanderbilt is at full strength and playing for Kentucky.

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