Following a severe ankle injury suffered last week against Wofford, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is beginning his recovery.
According to KUHoops, Kansas head coach Bill Self revealed this week that Azubuike is walking again – albeit “in a limited capacity” – and that swelling in the foot has gone down.
“The swelling is still there, but it’s gone down a tremendous amount. He can walk on it in a limited capacity,” Self said. “Part of the rehab process is to walk on it. Hurting is probably too strong a word. He’s really sore. He has to fight through some things. Hopefully if he has a great physical therapy or rehab sessions, then maybe he can come back a week earlier. It’s not going to be one (of those things) just because you try hard, he’s going to come back. He’s trying right now but is a ways away before we can get into serious rehab because he’s reluctant to put pressure on it.”
Self added that there is no structural damage to Azubuike’s foot, but that the injury was still likely to keep him off the court until at least early January.
“The good thing about Doke’s ankle is structurally it’s OK. He’s hurt, though. But structurally it’s OK. What he has to do is put himself in position where he can come back as quickly as possible. It’s not going to be this weekend obviously (against Villanova). Who knows if it can even be next weekend?
“He’s looking at… when I say 100 percent, I’m talking about conditioning and rhythm and that kind of stuff. We are probably looking to the first of the year before that can probably happen.”
Azubuike earned All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore last season after averaging 13.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game.
This season, Azubuike has been averaging similar numbers with 12.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.