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Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will reportedly undergo x-ray on injured wrist Wednesday

Dec 26, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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Louisville shot-blocker Gorgui Dieng will reportedly undergo an x-ray on his injured left wrist to gauge the progress of his recovery Wednesday, TheCardinalConnect.com is reporting.

Dieng has been out of action since Nov. 23 when he fell awkwardly on defense against Missouri in the Battle 4 Atlantis, breaking the scaphoid bone in his left wrist. It was initially ruled that he would need four to six weeks to recover. Reports earlier in the month indicated that Louisville’s Jan. 2 game against Providence could be the most likely date for Dieng’s return, but the Cardinals face Kentucky Saturday and would like to have the 6-11 defensive stopper in the lineup.

In Dieng’s absence, Louisville is 6-1, having lost only to the nation’s No. 1 team, Duke. Other than a scare from Illinois State, the Cardinals have had little difficulty on their current six-game winning streak.

Prior to his injury, Dieng was averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. If he is able to play Saturday against John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats, it will shift much of the burden off of Stephan Van Treese and Zach Price, who would be tabbed with neutralizing freshman frontcourt duo Nerlens Noel and Willy Cauley-Stein.

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Dieng will practice Wednesday, as well.

Tip-off against Kentucky is at 4:00 p.m. ET Saturday.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. realisticbeyondyou - Dec 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Certainly Dieng would be needed against Kentucky, against whom Patino is 0-4 with Calipari. Patino can only hope Dieng last longer against the Wildcats than he did on the Louisville restaurant floor with his blond tramp copulation? Rick was done in a matter of seconds, he testified. Surely Gorgui can at least get a sweat going before heading to the losing bench?

  2. joneildu - Dec 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I don’t think he’d really be needed to beat a team outside of the top 50 in RPI.

  3. prov1x - Dec 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Classy comments, but not unexpected from an eastern KY hillbilly.

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