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Injury updates on CJ Fredrick, Jacob Toppin and Oscar Tshiebwe

Kentucky has several players banged up as the regular season draws near.

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Prior to the Kentucky Wildcats’ exhibition clash with Kentucky Wesleyan, we got updates on several players battling injuries.

Junior guard CJ Fredrick and junior forward Jacob Toppin were held out for the game. Fredrick continues to recover from offseason leg surgery, while Toppin is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in offseason workouts.

In addition, head coach John Calipari revealed during the pregame radio show that junior center Oscar Tshiebwe is a little banged up and would likely play just one half vs. the Panthers. Tshiebwe was announced as a starter, so it doesn’t appear to be anything significant.

As for Toppin, he was getting shots up on the Rupp Arena court prior to tip-off, which is hopefully a sign he’s close to returning.

Finally, KSR’s Jack Pilgrim reports that the goal is for Fredrick to play spot minutes in Kentucky’s second exhibition game vs. Miles College, so it sounds like he’s close to making his Wildcat debut.

Here’s to hoping everyone is ready to go when Kentucky officially begins its season vs. the Duke Blue Devils in the Champions Classic.

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