By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari said it was “unfortunate” that graduate transfer Nate Sestina broke his left wrist in practice Tuesday and has already had to have surgery.
‘I mean, he just fell, and you know, it’s his left wrist; it’s not his right. He may be out three weeks, maybe out four. Hoping the shorter, but I’m not going to rush him,” Calipari said today. “They (doctors) even said, ‘Maybe two (weeks),’ and I’m like, ‘Stop.’”
Calipari said Sestina just fell awkwardly but if there was a positive it least he was not the wrist on his shooting hand that he hurt.
Sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans, who has played through a leg injury, hopes Sestina is back “real soon” and on the court.
“He got a little injury with his wrist, but other than that it’s just time for somebody else to step in and play their role and lead this team to something special,” Hagans said.
Who will that be? Nick Richards has missed practice time with an ankle injury. EJ Montgomery missed three games with an ankle injury. Immanual Quickley missed a game.
All this and it is not even December yet.
“We had a few ups and downs at the beginning with EJ), but it’s time for somebody else to step in and be the next man and show us what they got and do something special,” Hagans said.
Freshman Kahlil Whitney hopes maybe he an be the “next man up” and do more with anticipated playing time at power forward with Sestina out.
“It was an unfortunate situation, what happened to Nate. So, we’ve just got to move forward and hope for the best,” Whitney said.
He says the team does not feel “unlucky” because of all the injuries.
“I don’t think anybody in the country practices as hard as we do. It will eventually pay off and we’ll have everybody and we’ll be flowing,” Whitney said.