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Bill Self Discusses Udoka Azubuike Injury Ahead Of Tonight's Kansas Game

Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick in their Kansas uniforms.

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 02: Udoka Azubuike #35 and Lagerald Vick #2 of the Kansas Jayhawks walk onto the court after a timeout during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse on January 2, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas basketball star center Udoka Azubuike went down with an ankle injury just a few minutes into the Jayhawks' win over Wofford back on December 4.

The Jayhawks are rolling along, currently sitting at No. 1 in the country with a perfect 10-0 record.

Obviously, head coach Bill Self doesn't want to put his star big man in harm's way. In an ideal world, though, he'd probably like to get him some work before Big 12 play gets underway in early January.

That has been the general timetable for a return to this point, but it sounds like he may actually be a head of schedule.

Speaking about Udoka Azubuike today ahead of Kansas basketball's game against South Dakota, Bill Self said that he could have him before the end of the month.

From 247Sports:

“Udoka actually got into some half court stuff today, but [he 's] not going to play," Self said. "But the trainers let him get in a few possessions, so you know that he’s on the uptick. I still don’t think there’s any chance of him being 100 percent this weekend or anything like that, so I don’t even know that he’ll be available to us. But the good thing is that you get through this week and you have an off period before you come back on the 26th. I can’t imagine him not being ready to go by the 26th, 27th, which would be great.”

That timeline would give the center one warm-up—the December 29 game against Eastern Michigan—before the January 2 Big 12 opener against Oklahoma.

The Jayhawks have South Dakota tonight, and a big ranked game against Arizona State on Saturday.