The Kentucky Wildcats are now preparing to face the Houston Cougars in the Sweet 16.
For now, the Cats are doing so without the services of PJ Washington. The All-American forward is still sidelined with a left foot sprain, which has him wearing a hard cast.
That cast isn’t expected to come off until Tuesday or Wednesday, which when doctors will re-evaluate the injury and attempt to determine if he can play this week. Multiple Kentucky players have been on Instagram Live today, and several of their videos showed Washington still in a cast.
Then, John Calipari hopped on his Monday call-in show to talk about his team and facing Houston, a game he’s still unsure about Washington playing in.
Calipari added that the plan now is for the cast to come off Tuesday, so we should get a more clear picture soon enough.
When asked if he had any more updates on PJ Washington, Coach Cal responded, "No." He did share that he will be taking his cast off tomorrow and they will go from there.— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) March 25, 2019
Calipari also added that Kentucky needs all hands on deck to beat the Cougars, which is obviously more true if Washington is out yet again.
For what it’s worth, Randon Hall, a physician who specializes in sports injuries, offered up his thoughts on Washington’s injury, which he believes is a sprain or a more serious Lisfranc injury:
Basically Washington either has a sprain of one of the lesser ligaments in the foot or he has a Lisfranc injury from my best estimates. Just as in the ankle, the foot has several supportive ligaments to keep the foot stable while performing sports activities. Honestly, there are too many to name, but basically there are multiple ligaments that connect each bone in the foot to the bones next to it as can be seen in the photo below. There is one particular ligament that is crucial to sports participation called the Lisfranc ligament. When a foot injury occurs to these stabilizing ligaments this is referred to as a foot sprain.
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At this point, it’s anyone guess if Washington will play this week, so hopefully, we’ll get a better feel for the situation tomorrow when the cast comes off.
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