An update on four injured University of Louisville basketball players and when they might return

Cardinal Authority has an update on four University of Louisville basketball players suffering from nagging injuries. Here's the latest on Deng Adel, Anas Mahmoud, Damion Lee and Dillon Avare.

It's nothing serious, but the University of Louisville basketball team has some nagging injuries going on.

The Cardinals have three players who missed Wednesday's game against Kennesaw State and a starter who is ailing. But coach Rick Pitino seemed positive that none of the four are long-term problems.

U of L's leading scorer Damion Lee played 26 minutes in the victory over Kennesaw State but Pitino said he "hurt himself again." Lee has been hampered by a nagging heel injury.

Pitino said he expected Lee to miss "a couple of days" of practice and be ready for Saturday's game against Western Kentucky University at the KFC Yum Center, while Lee said about the injury that "I'll be just fine."

Lee, a fifth-year transfer from Drexel, is averaging a team-high 18.7 points and a team-high 29.1 minutes a game. He's 20 of 50 from three-point range and hitting 53.8 percent overall from the field.

Sophomore Anas Mahmoud missed Wednesday's game after suffering a sprained ankle in practice on Tuesday. The 7-foot Mahmoud is averaging 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and is third on the team with 10 blocked shots in 12.5 minutes a game.

Mahmoud said after the game that his ankle was "nothing too serious" and he expected to be back soon.

"It's already better than it was," Mahmoud said of his left ankle. "Hopefully, I will be back on Saturday. I went and had it X-rayed and I was a little worried but there wasn't anything wrong with the bone."

Freshman Deng Adel has missed the last seven games with a sprained knee. He started the first two games and was averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game in 17.5 minutes.

Adel said he is back to running and hopes to be practicing by the end of the week.

"I'm doing lateral slides and I want to see if I can get a couple of individuals in," Adel said. "The Billy Minardi Classic (next week) is the goal but if I can I want to suit up on Saturday."

Walk-on Dillon Avare has also been out for the past few games with a foot injury. Pitino said he expects him to return this week.


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