Blackshear setback?

Rick Pitino had been hoping to have Wayne Blackshear back in the lineup for Louisville's game Jan. 25 against Villanova. But trainer Fred Hina said Wednesday night that the former Chicago star guard might not be ready until mmid-February, if at all this season.

Rick Pitino hoped to have Wayne Blackshear back in the lineup for Louisville's game Jan. 25 against Villanova. But trainer Fred Hina said Wednesday night that the former Chicago star guard might not be ready until mmid-February, if at all this season.

Blackshear had his second shoulder surgery in late November. He returned to practice last week but has faced setbacks due to soreness in his shoulder.

"He has made great strides," Hina said Wednesday night on Pitino's coaches show. "He saw the doctor today..he's had a little rotator cuff soreness, which is expected with the increase in his activity."

That soreness has forced Hina and Louisville to take Blackshear's comeback a little slower than they had hoped. Hina put the timeline for Blackshear's possible return at 2-4 weeks, but left the door open for a redshirt season.

"We're having to take it a little slower than we hoped but he's actually ahead of schedule," Hina said. "We're hoping in the next 2 to 4 weeks he'll be able to play. If it comes close to late February, Coach will make the decision if he can help us win the Big East Tournament or we need to rely on him next year."


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