Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang practiced for the first time since last December; Rick Pitino says he looked good on the first day

CHARLOTTE - University of Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang has returned to the practice floor for the Cardinals. U of L coach Rick Pitino said Mathiang practiced for the first time on Tuesday.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino delivered some good news at the ACC Media Day on Wednesday.

Pitino confirmed U of L senior Mangok Mathiang has returned to practice and looked "very good" in the first time he was on the floor when he went with the team on Tuesday afternoon.

"I made him go about 40 percent," Pitino said. "He need to lose about five to seven pounds and get in good shape. But he'll be fine."

The 6-foot-10 redshirt senior and team captain returned to individual workouts last week after being sidelined since last December. Mathiang missed the final four months of the season before returning to workouts. He then re-aggravated his foot fracture and missed all summer.

After the Red-White scrimmage on Friday, Mathiang said he was "a little sore."

"It was sore - my foot was basically unused for three months," he said. "When I first was out there, it felt weird to actually be out there, but it felt great, too. I was moving great. It was a little painful, but after I started working out every single day, my foot got used to it."

Pitino said he expects Mathiang to be back in the lineup by the Battle4Atlantis in late November.

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