Kentucky's Noel Out For Season

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Kentucky.com posted this photo of the moment Nerlens Noel suffered a serious injury during the Florida game.

Kentucky.com posted this photo of the moment Nerlens Noel suffered a serious injury during the Florida game.

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February 13, 2013

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the injury.

The 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months.

Noel was hurt with 8 minutes left in the Wildcats' 69-52 loss to No. 7 Florida. He ran into the basket support after blocking a layup from behind. Noel landed awkwardly, dropped to the floor and started screaming while clutching his knee.

Noel returned home with the team and will have the MRI on Wednesday.

The nation's leading shot blocker at 4.5 per game coming in, Noel had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks before getting hurt.


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