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Nate Sestina out 4 weeks due to injury

Just when the Wildcats were starting to click.

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Nate Sestina is expected to miss approximately four weeks after fracturing his left wrist in practice on Tuesday. He was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning.

“We haven’t been a full team in over a month,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Nate goes to shoot a layup, it gets blocked, he falls back, goes to stop himself (and) breaks his wrist/hand. He’s out … approximately four weeks. Now we regroup. Next man up.”

Sestina, a graduate transfer from Bucknell, has played a key part in Kentucky’s 5-1 start, averaging 7.3 points and 7.2 rebounds, including a double-double (12 points and 11 rebounds) vs. EKU. He has played 30 or more minutes in four of six games, so losing him is a major loss to the frontcourt and a big setback to a team that was starting to find its groove.

This means Keion Brooks and Kahlil Whitney should get more minutes in the frontcourt.