Update: Bad news, UK fans. According to CBS' Tracy Wolfson, Cauley-Stein will not play at all during the Final Four. This doesn't come as a huge surprise, but many were still holding out hope for a miraculous return.
">@tracywolfson, Willie Cauley-Stein is out the entire Final Four. #WinItForWillie — Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR)
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) April 5, 2014
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Earlier: As ecstatic as Kentucky fans are about their Wildcats reaching the Final Four this season, they can't help but feel a little sad that one of their key contributors - sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein - will most likely have to miss out on the action. Cauley-Stein injured his left ankle during last week's game against Louisville and has not returned to the court since. He's been wearing a boot and using crutches for the past week.
While Cauley-Stein has mentioned that he shouldn't be "ruled out" for Saturday's matchup against Wisconsin, it honestly doesn't look likely that he'll play. The actual injury is rumored to be some sort of stress fracture, though the UK forward wouldn't really elaborate when asked. Coach John Calipari has implied all week that the Wildcats are preparing as if they won't have him in the lineup.
In reality, UK supporters should only want WCS to play if he's fully healthy - they have capable backups, as we found out last weekend. Again, we'll find out for sure in just a few hours if he'll be able to suit up, but it's looking very unlikely.