Palacios, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound power forward from Colombia, severely injured his foot during a pick up basketball game earlier this summer. Since then, the Cardinals second-leading returning scorer (9.6 ppg) has been patiently awaiting his return to action.
Last week, Palacios had the protective boot that he'd worn for about two months removed from his foot, and Associate Coach Kevin Willard told Inside The Ville recently that the Cardinals All-Big East preseason selection is doing much better now.
"His ankle looks great," Willard said. "Unfortunately that's a tough injury but we're expecting him back (soon)."
The Cardinals have been undergoing individual instruction drills since early September, and Willard said Palacios is expected to return to action about the same time practice resumes October 14.
"It's going to take him a little time to get him going," said Willard. "He's only missed a couple months, so it won't be the end of the world for Tello. He's starting to walk without a boot, and now that that's happened the ankle will get stronger and he can start getting a little mobility back."
Willard added that Palacios, who started the bulk of the 2004-05 season at power forward, could see some time at small forward this season.
"He has the ability to play there," Willard said. "It's just going to be him learning that spot. Unfortunately this injury is going to take him a little longer to get back in shape. But once he gets back into shape, he definitely has the ability to play that position."