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.