UK's Stallworth could return to the court this weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – After missing more than three weeks of the season, UK’s DeNesha Stallworth appears ready to return to court.

On Friday, coach Matthew Mitchell hinted to Stallworth could play in Kentucky’s game against Florida on Sunday.

“I know she’s been itching to get back and hopefully she’ll be back soon,” Mitchell said. “Our goal is to try to work her back in the first chance she feels like she can play. If that’s Sunday, that’ll be great.

After the Wildcats win over Baylor, Stallworth experienced swelling in the knee. She underwent surgery on Dec. 11 to remove cartilage in her left knee.

“DeNesha’s absence has been something that we’ve had to work very hard to get through with some success,” Mitchell said. “I’m proud of the team and where we stand.

The sixth-ranked Cats opened SEC play with a win at Alabama. Mitchell says he’s not rushing Stallworth back onto the court.

“I would think her first game back is going to be a process,” he said. “Even if she were back Sunday, I still think the team’s mindset has to prepare for her role to possibly not be that big. Which means, we’ll have to do what we’ve been working on and be successful without her.”

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