Expect Stallworth return ‘sooner rather than later’

Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth, who had arthroscopic knee surgery less than a month ago, could see some limited action as early as Sunday against Florida.

Stallworth, who was averaging 14.2 points and seven rebounds a game before her procedure, was able to jog for the first time on Wednesday night and had no swelling.

“We’re real encouraged and real positive about her return being sooner rather than later,” Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We’ll see how she progresses through the weekend.”

The coach didn’t guarantee minutes versus Florida at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, but he seemed optimistic.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I’m thinking sometime in the next three games we will see her return. She’s done real, real well.”

UK’s next three games are versus Florida at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, then at No. 13 South Carolina and then back home versus Missouri on Jan. 12.

The 6-foot-3 senior from California tweeted on Wednesday night that she was “remaining positive through this journey.”

That message wasn’t based on any setbacks, her coach said.

“She is so connected to her teammates and wants to be out there, I just think she wants to make sure she’s staying positive and working hard,” he said. “I know she’s anxious to return.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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