As the Kentucky Wildcats look to get their season back on track, it’s still unclear when Terrence Clarke will make his return.
Earlier this week, head coach John Calipari said he expected Clarke to miss another 7-10 days as he recovers from an ankle injury. That was on Jan. 18th, which means Clarke would seemingly have a chance to play next week at Alabama on Jan. 26th and/or Jan. 30th at home vs. Texas.
Unfortunately, it sounds like Clarke will miss both of those critical games.
Following today’s win over LSU, Calipari said he does not expect Clarke to play this coming week.
Asked Calipari about Terrence Clarke: “I don’t believe he’ll play this week … but he is now able to run around. He hasn’t practiced. Hopefully he’ll be an addition that’s going to help us. I said to him, ‘What can you add to this team?’ "— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 24, 2021
It’s another frustrating case of Calipari changing his story after seemingly every game when it comes to players with injuries. A big part of why Kentucky has struggled this season has been the early absence of Keion Brooks Jr., followed by the recent absence of Clarke, who hasn’t played since Dec. 26th in the loss to Louisville. The ankle injury Clarke suffered was actually Dec. 19th in the loss to North Carolina.
It’s unfortunate Calipari has to change his story as much as he does when it comes to injuries. Why can’t he just give an honest timeline or say they’re out indefinitely? Did Calipari bring Brooks and/Clarke back too soon and make their injuries worse that led to longer absences?
Whatever the case may be, there’s no reason to expect Clarke to play in a UK uniform again anytime soon.