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John Calipari gives injury update on PJ Washington

Washington should be healed up soon enough.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

PJ Washington’s surgery on his broken pinky went well, and John Calipari told reporters that he will likely be out for a month.

“Good time to do it,” UK coach John Calipari said Thursday, according to the Courier-Journal, while speaking during a satellite camp at Ryle High School. “Do it right away. Take him four or five weeks to get it all healed, but he’ll be fine.”

But Washington should be fine to make the trip and play in the Bahamas with the team, a good sign for the forward who is expected to be one of the team’s leaders next season for what should be a preseason top-five club.

Washington played with the injury last season, avoiding missing time with it, but Calipari acknowledged that it probably affected his game at times last season.

“There was no easy time to do it, and he said, ‘It’s not bothering me that I can’t play, it’s just I don’t have that finger, I can’t use it,”” Calipari said. “Yeah, it affected him, but this was the time to get it done.”

The 6-8 forward from Texas has been taking part in John Calipari’s basketball camps around the state thus far. He was seen at Thursday’s camp while sporting a cast around his hand and in a sling.

Hopefully Washington has a full, quick recovery and can get back on the court quickly.

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