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Joel Justus gives brief update on injured Cats

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Kentucky has been hit hard by the injury bug.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will have two games in Rupp Arena this weekend, starting with Mount St. Mary’s on Friday.

Unfortunately, Kentucky will likely be missing several players due to injury. Dontaie Allen (ACL), EJ Montgomery (ankle) and Immanuel Quickley (chest) all missed Monday’s win over Utah Valley, leaving Kentucky with just seven scholarship players.

Allen is definitely out this weekend as he continues to recover from a torn ACL and broken collarbone, but he is getting closer to being cleared for practice.

Montgomery’s ankle issue has cost him the last three games, and it’s iffy whether he plays in either game this weekend, which concludes with Lamar on Sunday.

Quickley suffered a chest injury last week that made him a surprise scratch Monday, and it’s unclear when he’ll return.

On Thursday, assistant coach Joel Justus met with the media to preview Mount St Mary’s, and he also gave some brief injury updates.

On Allen, Justus said, “He’s progressing in a good way. He’s a guy that’s come with a plan, and we’re working with that. He’s going to add a little bit more to practice each and every week.”

On Montgomery and Quickley, Justus didn’t divulge much outside of, “I think our guys are getting better.” He did say the injured Cats are working hard to get back on the court, which should happen soon.

“When you see guys that do get injured, they carry the same kind of grit and determination into the training room,” he said. “That’s always a positive thing. We’re always excited to get guys back sooner rather than later.”

On the one hand, it’s painfully obvious Kentucky needs both players after nearly losing at home to Utah Valley. On the other hand, the last thing Kentucky can afford is for either player to injure themselves further and miss weeks, if not months of action. That’s why I wouldn’t get my hopes up on seeing either player this weekend.