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Calipari's Response To Noel's Injury

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Updated: 2/13/2013 6:50 pm
John Calipari released a statement reacting to the season-ending injury Kentucky Wildcats star freshman Nerlens Noel suffered.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari said he had a positive meeting with Kentucky Wildcats star freshman Nerlens Noel, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL during UK's loss to Florida Tuesday.

Noel, via Twitter, called the torn ACL he suffered against Florida Tuesday night a "minor setback for a major comeback" and thanked Solid Blue fans for all their support.

John Calipari released the following statement through UK: "I’ve been coaching for 22 years and this is the first injury we’ve had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating. I met with Nerlens earlier today. The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude. The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever. The good news is he is insured, so he would have been fine even if the injury would have been worse. Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time."

UK also said according to its medical staff, surgery for Noel should be expected in the next two to three weeks. The normal timetable for recovery is estimated at six to eight months.

The 6-10 freshman was leading the nation in blocks (106) and blocks per game (4.4) and ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding (9.5). He was also averaging 10.5 points per game for the Wildcats.



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