Rick Pitino: Kevin Ware could return from horrific injury in October

Tim Polzer
Tuesday July 9th, 2013

Kevin Ware helped his Louisville teammates cut down the net on the 2013 tournament title. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Kevin Ware helped his Louisville teammates cut down the net on the 2013 tournament title. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Three months after suffering a horrific leg injury, Louisville coach Rick Pitino predicts Kevin Ware could return to the court in October.

Pitino said he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation from a broken tibia that included a gruesome open wound during the Cardinals' regional final win over Duke on March 31.

The junior was spotted taking jump shots last month and has progressed to riding a stationary bike.

From Kentucky.com:

"He's just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing," Pitino said. "I'd say, in another month he'll be healed and then he'll start working out a little bit."

Ware's injury became an inspiration for the Cardinals as they finished their Final Four run through Wichita State and Michigan to the NCAA tournament championship. His role as a defensive stopper on a team returning three of five starters should rank the Cardinals high among 2013-14 preseason favorites.

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