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Bill Self Discusses Timetable For Silvo De Sousa's Return

A closeup of Bill Self in a Kansas Jayhawks uniform.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 30: head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during practice before the 2018 Men's NCAA Final Four at the Alamodome on March 30, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Kansas Jayhawks have raced out to a 5-0 start without sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa, and currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the polls. So Kansas fans will be waiting with baited breath to see how good the team looks once he returns from the school-imposed holdout. Based on the latest report from head coach Bill Self, they shouldn't be waiting long.

According to CBS Sports, Self stated that he doesn't expect Silvio De Sousa will be out for more than half the season.

De Sousa is being held out over eligibility concerns in the wake of a controversial court case where his guardian was accused of taking money.

Kansas ultimately decided to keep De Sousa on the sideline indefinitely rather than risk the NCAA eventually punishing them.

Asked by CBS whether De Sousa might be back on the court by Christmas, Self was cautiously optimistic.

"Nobody's told us that, but that's kind of the feel I get," Self said.

De Sousa was slated to be a key player for the Jayhawks this year after playing in just 20 games last season. He averaged four points and 3.7 rebounds per game, in an average of 8.8 minutes, but improved as the season went along.