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DJ Wagner Day-To-Day With Ankle Injury

This Kentucky basketball team is now winless when their starting point guard doesn't play. It's no myth that they aren't the same operation with him sidelined and they can only hope to get him back as soon as possible.

The five-star guard is still managing his ankle injury 21 games into the season right during the bulk of conference play. John Calipari expressed that this is the same injury DJ was dealing with in the earlier part of the season that limited him on getting his freshman year going offensively. Apparently, through an amazing stretch of play through December and January, he was dealing with it the entire time. I don't believe it is known just yet what has caused it to flare up all of a sudden, forcing him to miss back-to-back games for Kentucky and likely a third one against Vanderbilt next week.

Following Saturday night's loss to No. 5 Tennessee, the Head Coach said this team needs DJ Wagner to win. No, quite literally. "When he don't play, we don't win," was his exact quote. And I fully agree with him. This team takes a slight drop off on both sides of the ball without his presence and Kentucky moves to 0-3 when he's not available. Clearly at a loss when the driver of your offense isn't in the car, and they need to get their driver back very, very soon.

On being asked when we should expect a return, the coach said he didn't want to put a timeframe on it but did say that "I expect him to be back sooner than later." So, while still no exact date, it seems like he is progressively healing and things are better than we originally thought. I think we can go ahead and count him out for Vandy then try to get a status update on him towards the end of the week to see if he's good to go for Gonzaga.

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