Kentucky basketball has dealt with injuries throughout the first month of the season. It looks like they’ll continue to do so in December.
After finally getting the roster back to full strength, the Wildcats lost grad transfer big man Nate Sestina to a broken wrist during practice yesterday. Head coach John Calipari announced the injury news this morning.
In a video on Twitter, Calipari expressed his disappointment about Sestina’s injury but also reassured Kentucky fans and asked for their support.
“Now we regroup, next man up,” Calipari said. “But again, I kinda get jacked because now I gotta figure things out.
“We need everybody on board. And we need our fans now more than ever. Coming to games, cheering, picking these kids up.”
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 27, 2019
In his video, Calipari said Sestina would be out 3-4 weeks. According to Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, there is hope the Bucknell transfer could be back sooner rather than later.
I’m told Sestina is in surgery now and the prognosis is pretty good. Might be back as early as three weeks. So it’s not as bad as it could be after the guy broke his wrist in practice yesterday.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 27, 2019
Kentucky won’t play again until Friday when they take on UAB. They have five games coming up in the month of December including a matchup with Ohio State on Dec. 21 and the annual rivalry tussle with Louisville on Dec. 28.