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Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel leaves game with injury

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel injured his left knee and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel injured his left knee and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky freshman forward Nerlens Noel was injured during Tuesday night's 69-52 loss to seventh-ranked Florida and had to be carried off the court by his teammates.

Noel went down with about eight minutes left in the second half after he went for a block and appeared to injure his left knee after hitting the basket support. He could be heard screaming in pain for several seconds and remained on the court before being helped off the court.

Kentucky released a statement saying that Noel underwent tests at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. after the game and will return to Lexington with the team. No word was released on the severity of Noel's injury.

Noel is averaging 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game for No. 25 Kentucky (17-7, 8-3 SEC) and is expected to be a top-five draft pick in the NBA Draft should he decide forego the rest of his eligibility.

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