Rick Pitino: Louisville's Gorgui Dieng will play against Kentucky

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Thursday December 27th, 2012

Gorgui Dieng has been out of the Louisville lineup since fracturing his wrist on Nov. 23. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Gorgui Dieng has been out of the Louisville lineup since fracturing his wrist on Nov. 23. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will play Saturday against rival Kentucky, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com.

Dieng, who has been sidelined with a broken wrist suffered while drawing a charging call against Missouri on Nov. 23, practiced with the team on Wednesday.

Pitino said last week that Dieng would not return to play until Jan. 2 against Providence. Two screws surgically inserted into the wrist in late November have helped shorten his recovery time.

The 6-foot-11 junior from Senegal is averaging 8.2 points, eight rebounds and two blocks this season.

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